The Broncos (7-3) scorched the nets in the second half, opening the final 20 minutes with a 26-7 run that put them in control as Boise State went on to defeat the Golden Flashes, 76-66. For the game, the Broncos hit 23-of-48 action shots for 48 percent.
The loss spoiled the successful debut of Kent State guard Jose Davis.
Davis, who set a slew of passing records during his rookie campaign as the football team's quarterback in 1997, came off the bench in the first half and immediately gave his team a spark. After missing his first shot from 3-point range, Davis drained his next two 3-pointers to bring Kent State within 32-26. Davis finished the night with nine points.
By halftime, the Flashes (4-6) trailed just 38-34 despite turning the ball over 16 times thanks to excellent shooting (13-of-24 field goals) and solid contributions from freshman forward Kyrem Massey (8 points) and sophomore swingman Al Moore (7 points off the bench) along with Davis (6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals in 10 minutes).
But Boise State, which entered the game shooting 42 percent from 3-point range as a team but hit just 2-of-7 in the first half, drained three in a row from long range to open the second half to extend its lead to 57-36 before Davis hit his third straight 3-pointer to temporarily end the rally.
The Broncos opened up a 64-41 cushion before Kent State responded with an 11-0 run, culminated by a basket by sophomore forward John Whorton that brought the Flashes within 66-54 with 5:39 remaining.
Kent State had one last chance to make a game of it with just over a minute remaining. Trailing 71-61, Davis came up with a steal and eventually found Moore, but Moore missed a 3-pointer that Boise State rebounded.
The Broncos then made three free throws to seal the victory.
Moore finished with 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Flashes, while Whorton added 14 points and eight rebounds.
Roberto Bergersen led Boise State with 17 points.
The Flashes were 26-of-58 (45 percent) from the field and 7-of-13 (54 percent) from the line.
Kent State will take on Oregon State tonight at 10 p.m. eastern time in the second of three games at the Hilo Holiday Shootout.