By Stephanie Storm
Beacon Journal staff writer
''What got Justin going as much as anything was Chris getting going in the midpost and being able to get a couple dump-downs,'' Ford said. ''Chris is a tough matchup in the midpost. The guy can score and he's an exceptional passer. He's got a poise about him that you cannot teach.''
During the 19-0 run, the Zips went 7:26 between baskets, falling behind by 20 points with 10:22 to go.
The Zips made a final run and whittled the deficit to 10 points with 4:27 to go, but it was as close as they would get.
''We came into the game focused on defense,'' said KSU junior guard Rodriquez Sherman, who contributed 13 points, three assists and two steals. ''We know they have great shooters. We had to make sure we had pressure on them at all times. We wanted to make them drive, and we made them drive. We wanted to be out there on the shooters, keep the pressure up and just make them make a tough decision on offense.''
The game was physical from the tip-off, and the Zips were quickly in foul trouble. Forwards Brett McKnight and Conyers both had two fouls in the first four minutes, including a technical on Conyers for shoving a shoulder into Singletary.
With the Zips at a disadvantage, the Flashes took a 12-7 lead. But UA got right back in the game with a 7-0 run.
The Flashes regrouped and went on a 6-0 run of their own, holding a 21-15 lead with just less than nine minutes to go in the first half.
With his regulars in foul trouble, UA coach Keith Dambrot went to his bench and found a hot shooter in Brett McClanahan. The sophomore guard contributed three quick jumpers, including a 3-pointer, in a 14-1 run that put the Zips back ahead by seven.
But the Flashes outscored the Zips 13-6 in the final four minutes, including six points from Greene, and it was 35-35 at halftime.