KENT, Ohio (Ticker) -- Thomas Mobley scored 20 points and Tony Mitchell hit two key 3-pointers as College of Charleston defeated Kent State, 71-66 in an opening round National Invitation Tournament tilt.
Mobley hit all five 3-point attempts in his best effort of the season from behind the arc. Mitchell also hit five 3-pointers to finish with 19 points for the Cougars, who went 11-of-31 from long range.
College of Charleston (25-7) was clinging to a 53-52 lead with 3:15 left when Mitchell canned the first of his back-to-back 3-pointers.
After the Cougars' advantage was cut to 68-66 on a free throw by Antonio Gates, Mitchell sank a foul shot with 17 seconds left and Troy Wheless added two from the line to ice the victory.
Wheless, the Southern Conference Player of the Year, finished with 12 points for College of Charleston, which shot 39 percent (24-of-62).
Gates collected 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists and John Edward added 16 points for the Golden Flashes (21-10), who appeared in last season's NCAA Tournament.
DeAndre Haynes had nine points, eight turnovers and six assists for Kent State, which went 3-of-17 from 3-point range but shot a respectable 46 percent (24-of-52) from the floor and held a 40-32 rebounding advantage.
College of Charleston moves on to face Providence in the first round.