Kent State led early but the Miners took a 16-13 lead at the 12:14 mark. UTEP held a slim 44-37 halftime advantage and was up 65-52 with 6:29 remaining in the game. Kent State mounted a comeback and closed to 71-69 following Derek Jackson's 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining. C.J. Cooper answered with a jumper and made two free throws and Omega Harris sealed the win with three free throws.
Kent State's Devareaux Manley missed a 3-point attempt as time expired.
Jimmy Hall had 20 points and Derek Jackson made 4 of 6 from beyond the arc for 16 points for Kent State (8-3).