GREENVILLE, S.C., March 14 (UPI) -- Demetric Shaw scored 21 points and Trevor Huffman added 18 points Thursday, carrying 10th-seeded Kent State to its 19th straight victory -- a 69-61 conquest of No. 7 Oklahoma State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament's South Region.
Shaw and Huffman each connected on three of five three-pointers and keyed a 15-2 first-half run. Kent State hit six straight shots during that surge and improved to 28-5.
Antonio Gates contributed 13 points and Andrew Mitchell added 10 for the Golden Flashes, who capitalized on 15 turnovers by Oklahoma State and moved into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
"That was a tough game," Kent State coach Stan Heath said. "Our offense stepped up and we're ready for the next challenge."
Fredrik Jonzen scored 19 points and Victor Williams added 15 to lead Oklahoma State (23-9), which shot just 23.5 percent from three-point range. The Cowboys faced a nine-point deficit at halftime and came no closer than four during the final 20 minutes.
Ivan McFarlin made a layup to draw the Cowboys within 64-60 with 62 seconds to play.
Huffman then lost control of the ball on a fast break, but the Cowboys failed to capitalize. Shaw stole a pass from Cheyne Gadson and Mitchell sank two free throws to give Kent State a 66-60 lead with 42 seconds left.
"We've got to stop turning it over like that in the end, but it was a great win for us," Huffman said.
Gadson made just one of 10 shots and fellow guard Maurice Baker was a mere one of five and committed six turnovers as the Cowboys closed the season with losses in three of their last four games.
Oklahoma State was bounced in the first round for the second straight season after losing to Southern California last year.