By nine o'clock the Kent State men's basketball team was well on its way back to Ohio. Unfortunately, they were unable to stay and watch two former Flashes battle Wisconsin as members of the 14th-seeded Cal State-Fullerton team. Wisconsin held on to win 71-56 in the nightcap at Qwest Center Omaha.
Fullerton senior forward Scott Cutley was a starter on the Kent State 2004-2005 team that went 20-13 and earned an NIT bid. He was a two year letter winner for the Flashes, who averaged 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in the 2004-2005 season before transferring.
Fellow Titan, junior Marcus Crenshaw, was also a member of that Kent State 2004-2005 team averaging 4.7 points.
The Kent State transfers were integral parts of a Titan team that went 24-9 in the Big West Conference this year.
Cutley started the game Thursday and splashed an early 3-pointer to open the scoring. He also had the unenviable task of covering Wisconsin's Brian Butch all evening. He finished the game with nine points and three rebounds. Crenshaw was held scoreless as he was playing behind Fullerton guard Josh Akognon, who went off for 31 points last night.
The transfers didn't hurt Kent State too much though. I believe one of the open scholarships went to this year's MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Haminn Quaintance.