The Kent State men's basketball team overcame a sluggish start, and posted an 84-66 victory on Monday night over Norfolk State in their final non-conference game before MAC play begins on Saturday.
The Flashes had five players in double figures, led by Rod Sherman with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Down 15-4 to start the game, Kent State used a 16-4 run to take a 20-19 lead. Freshman point guard Randal Holt led the charge and played the best game of his season, finishing with 12 points on a perfect 4-4 from the field.
KSU shot 56 percent in the second half to take an eight point lead at the half (39-31), and stretch it to an 18 point final margin.
Justin Greene had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Tyree Evans had 14 points and Anthony Simpson had 11 points and 7 rebounds.
GREENE NAMED MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Sophomore Justin Greene was named the MAC East Player of the Week for his performances last week at the Cable Car Classic. Greene averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two games. He shot 57 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line in the two games.
HITTING THE ROAD IN MAC PLAY - The MAC office did Kent State no favors as they will open MAC play with two straight road games, at Ohio on Saturday and at Miami next Tuesday. The Bobcats are 8-5 on the season and recently lost sophomore swingman Steven Coleman to a hand injury for possibly the rest of the regular season. The Redhawks are 3-9 after playing their usual rugged non-conference schedule and will play at Colorado tonight.
REPORT CARD TIME - Read the Cleveland Plain Dealer's report card on the Golden Flashes after the non-conference season leaves the Flashes at 9-5.