KENT, Ohio -- Chris Evans netted 17 points and had nine rebounds as Kent State topped winless St. Francis (Pa.) 77-48 Thursday night.
Evans was 6 of 8 from the floor, and Kris Brewer was 3 of 3, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range, en route to 13 points for Kent State (6-5).
St. Francis committed 18 turnovers, which the Golden Flashes converted into 29 points.
Kent State opened with a 23-1 run, and held St. Francis without a field goal for more than 10 minutes before the Red Flash's Ollie Jackson hit a layup.
The Red Flash shot 33.3 percent (16 of 48) from the field and hit 4 of 15 3-point tries, while Kent State hit 47.9 percent (23 of 48) of its shots, including 9 of 27 from beyond the arc.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.