MEN'S BASKETBALL - KENT STATE 70, Youngstown State 61
Kent State used a 13-0 run in the second half to pull away from the Youngstown State Penguins on Wednesday night at the Beeghly Center to post a 70-61 win. Tyree Evans began the run at the 10:25 mark of the second half with a three pointer and ended the run at the 7:40 mark with another three pointer to give the Flashes a 53-40 lead.
The game got sloppy down the stretch in the final four minutes with Kent State committing fouls and turnovers to help the Penguins cut the lead to 63-57.
Nevertheless, the Golden Flashes improved to 3-1 on the young season. Evans led KSU with 18 points. Justin Greene had 17 points and 5 rebounds while Rod Sherman had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Anthony Simpson had his best game of the season with 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The team played without Chris Singletary, who is out with a meniscus injury and will undergo surgery on Friday for it. His timetable to return is uncertain at this point.
IN THE ZONE - Kent State played a lot of 2-3 zone on Wednesday night, and fans should be able to expect to see more of it in the future, especially without Chris Singletary. “We really worked on it yesterday," Associate head coach Rob Senderoff said. "We had it in all season. We’ve worked on it a few times here and there and we actually played some zone against Wisconsin-Green Bay at one point in the second half. We know that we were going to have an unconventional lineup and at times we played Brandon Parks, Justin Greene and Anthony together. We knew couldn’t play with them man, with that type of lineup. Youngstown State is a much better slashing team than they are a shooting team so it worked out well for us tonight.”
JUSTIN GREENE - Justin Greene has had a very solid start to the season. The former baseball player growing up, Greene had 17 points and five rebounds on Wednesday night to follow up his 20 point performance on Sunday against Green Bay. “He’s a smart player," Senderoff said. "He played for a winning program for four years in Brooklyn. He’s just one of those guys, when you look at him you don’t see much. He’s a little bit sloppy and he doesn’t run real well but when he catches the ball at the basket he can score and he can pass and then defensively he seems to cover up things well. He’s not real athletic and he’s not real tall. He has long arms so he’s able to block some shots and he’s also able to rotate and be in the right place and cover up some things. He’s getting better and better and we knew that with him.”
ONE POSSESSION AT A TIME - The Kent State men's basketball team will attempt to weather the storm without Chris Singletary. It won't be easy, it certainly won't always be pretty, but play by play, game by game, Kent State will try to navigate their way through the rest of the schedule without their best player. I know the games will get tougher, but for one night anyway, I was encouraged to see Kent State's effort, excitement level on the bench and adjustments on the floor.
JOYCE ERA OFFICIALLY BEGINS - Cameron Joyce from SVSM saw his first official action in a Kent State regular season game, playing the final 1:34 of the first half. Joyce missed the front end of a 1 in 1 free throw attempt.
PRACTICE TIME - Kent State will actually get some practice time now. After playing four games in six days, Kent State won't play again till Sunday when they host Rochester College (Michigan.) Kent State will have the day off tomorrow.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - KENT STATE 70, Youngstown State 55
Kent State overcame an ugly, sluggish start, to rebound and defeat YSU 70-55 in the first game of the doubleheader. Jamilah Humes had 14 points while Yoshica Spears had 12 points and 13 rebounds in her first collegiate start. Kent State out rebounded YSU 50-32.
"It wasn't a real pretty game offensively, but it is a good win for us," said head coach Bob Lindsay. "We compensated with a poor shooting game with the rebounding aspect of the game. There were positives in this game today, and we'll take those positives."