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Kent State basketball: Golden Flashes fall in CIT quarterfinal game

By George Thomas Published: March 28, 2015

The ride ended in Flagstaff, Ariz. for the Kent State Golden Flashes as they lost in shocking fashion to the Northern Arizona Lumberbacks 74-73 in overtime in the Postseason Tournament after appearing to have the game wrapped up with 32 seconds left to play.

Devareaux Manley gave the Golden Flashes (23-12) a monster game with 25 points on 7-of-16 shooting, but what will be remembered is the steal by NAU’s Jordyn Martin with 24 seconds left and Kent State clinging to a 73-70 that allowed Martin’s teammate, Aaseem Dixon, to race to the other end for an uncontested layup.

On the Golden Flashes subsequent possession, the Lumberjacks’ Len Springs blocked a shot by Kent State’s Kris Brewer and Springs’ teammate Quinton Upshur grabbed the rebound and raced to the hoop with the game winner.  Manley’s contested three-pointer fell short at the buzzer on Kent State’s next possession.

Manley’s 25 led all scorers.  Teammates Derek Jackson delivered 18 points and Jimmy Hall grabbed 14 rebounds to go with 16 points in the effort.

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UMass turns close game against KSU into 40-17 blowout win over the final minutes

By Stephanie Storm Published: October 11, 2014

The University of Massachusetts snapped a 0-6 streak with its first win of the season Saturday afternoon, a 40-17 victory over Kent State that sent the reeling Golden Flashes to their sixth consecutive defeat of their winless season. 

Despite starting and playing the entire game on an injured right ankle, sophomore quarterback Colin Reardon appeared to keep the Flashes (0-6, 0-3 in the Mid-American Conference) in the game until the closing minutes. His 34-yard scamper set up a final drive with five minutes remaining, pulling the host as close as the Flashes 24 yard-line before kicker Anthony Melchiori’s 37-yard field goal attempt was blocked by linebacker Kassan Messiah to preserve a 10-point deficit, 27-17.

Suddenly, the close morphed into a blowout over the final minutes, as the Minutemen (1-6, 1-2) ensured the win when running back Lorenzo Woodley ran for a 10-yard touchdown to put Kent State behind by two touchdowns.

The Minutemen removed all doubt just nine seconds later, when a Reardon pass was intercepted and returned for 34 yards for another insurance score by defensive back Jackson Porter. The fact that the ensuing extra point was no good mattered little by then, however.

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Cincinnati point guard Jalen Avery commits to Kent State

By staff Published: September 30, 2014

Cincinnati Shroder senior point guard Jalen Avery verbally committed to Kent State on Monday afternoon, according to

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Golden Flashes men's basketball: MAC announces 2014-15 schedule

By staff Published: September 3, 2014

The Kent State Athletic Department has released information about the men's basketball conference schedule. Read the release below:

KENT, Ohio - The Kent State men's basketball team will open Mid-American Conference play with four of its first games at the M.A.C. Center, as the league office released its 2014-15 conference schedule on Tuesday.

The Golden Flashes begin their 18-game conference slate with a home contest against Bowling Green on Wednesday, January 7. After a road trip to Northern Illinois on Saturday, January 10, the Flashes return to the M.A.C. Center for a three-game homestand against Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Toledo from January 14-January 21.

Kent State will renew its rivalry with Akron on Tuesday, February 10 in the first of two scheduled meetings as part of the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge. The Flashes will host the Zips at the M.A.C. Center for the regular season finale on Friday, March 6.

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KSU's Nate Holley named MAC player of week

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 1, 2014

Kent State’s Nate Holley was named Mid-American Conference East Division defensive player of the week after forcing two fumbles and recovering one in Saturday’s loss to Ohio University.

Holley, a sophomore from Toledo, also recorded 18 tackles, tying him for the national lead in the Football Bowl Subdivision. It was the most by a KSU player in a game since Cobrani Mixon totaled 19 in 2009.

Holley’s day included 12 solo tackles and a pass breakup. His final turnover, a forced fumble recovered by Najee Murray, set up a game-tying touchdown.

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Kent State loses to Kentucky in the 9th inning

By George Thomas Published: May 31, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.:  There would be no magic for Kent State University’s baseball team at Jim Patterson Stadium at the University of Louisville.

After the Golden Flashes took a  2-0 lead that held through the top of the ninth inning the Kentucky Wildcats rallied for four runs to win 4-2. 

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Errors prove costly as Kent State falls to Louisville 5-0

By George Thomas Published: May 31, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.: If Kent State is to take a stab at matching the magical run that earned them a spot in the College World Series in 2012, they’re going to have to recover from the beating they received at the hands of the University of Louisville Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The No. 1 seeded Cardinals (46-15) came out and capitalized on early Kent State (36-22) mistakes in a 5-0 victory that put the Golden Flashes in a win-or-go-home situation for an early game today.

A two-run fielding error provided the only scoring that the Cardinals needed, but for good measure they scored runs in the game’s first three innings.

"They got a lot of momentum in those first three innings," KSU coach Jeff Duncan said, "and we really had a tough time coming back from it."

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