Kent, Ohio – Anthony Roberts scored a career-high 18 points and teammate Kalin Bennett was the first player diagnosed with autism to receive a Division I basketball scholarship, which led Kent State to a Division III rival buck 97-58 Beat with.
Bennett, a 6-foot-11, 300-pound freshman from Little Rock, Arkansas, entered the game with the final six minutes and made his first collegiate basket in the paint with 2 left minutes on the left-handed hook. She finished 1 of 3 from the floor with two rebounds and a block.
After the game, teammates rang Bennett the victory bell, which he played.
“Seeing this for my mom was really huge for me,” Bennett said. “To let him know that everything you did has not gone in vain.”
When asked about his impact on other youth with autism, he said, “It’s good to know that people see me but the real thing is: everyone is capable of doing whatever they want to do in life. Me.
I hope I made a thing that I love. More and more kids are going to cross over so they believe in themselves first and foremost. ”
Bennett covered a smile with one hand when coach Rob Senderoff mentioned that he once did this against Hiram that he did not want to see him hitting a wrong-opening jump shot.
“I told him that jump shot has to go if he wants to play meaningful minutes,” Sanderoff said. “But I am happy for him and proud of him.”
Bennett looks forward to improving his game.
“The coaches are pushing me to be better from day one,” Bennett said. “Therefore I want to achieve and show continuous improvement.”
Antonio Williams and Troy Simmons added 17 points and Danny Pippen added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Flash. Kent State made 13 of 35 3-pointers, including 7 of 16 in the second half.
Dean Sherman III led the Terriers with 19 points.