FRIDAY POST GAME NOTES:
* TABB OUT -Kent State senior forward Melvin Tabb didn’t play in Friday’s 84-48 season-opening victory over Divison III Ohio Northern due to a coaches decision.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Tabb didn’t even bother dressing for the game after being told by head coach Rob Senderoff that he was benched for not doing some things class wise that Senderoff asked him to in order to ensure he’s able to graduate in May.
“In September there were a couple academic things that I had asked Melvin to do that he didn’t take care of,” Senderoff explained. “So, I told him at that time he wasn’t going to play in the first game. It’s nothing major. He’s fine academically and in good shape, it’s nothing like that. It was more that he’s a senior and I want him to graduate and there were a couple loose ends he let go. He understood that and he’ll be back playing Monday. It’s just I need him to understand you gotta graduate from here. That was important, so it was a sort of a message.”
* YOUNGSTERS LOOK GOOD IN SPURTS –With all 13 players on the KSU roster getting playing time in the blowout and all but one figuring into the scoring column, a lot of newcomers enjoyed some early-season action.
Two that stood out in particular for their play were 6-foot-8 freshman forward Marquiez Lawrence and 6-foot-9 sophomore forward Khaliq Spicer.
“They both had moments where they played really well,” Senderoff said. “Marquiez is active, he’s gonna fly around. He did that and had that tip dunk in the game. He’s gotta learn to play without fouling a little bit. Some of that’s him, some of that’s the (new) rules, some of it’s anxiety. But hopefully he’ll get better as he continues to move forward.
“Khaliq, normally if one of guys dunks then walks back on defense, I’m gonna get mad at ‘em. He was even flexing or something. But because he was showing the emotion he was showing, I was actually sorta happy he did it because he’s such a mild-mannered kid. He doesn’t always show that type of fire. So I’ll probably show that in film tomorrow and make a comment that you gotta get back because the game hadn’t ended.”
* UP NEXT – It’ll be quite a swing in talent level, but Kent State’s next game comes at Temple Monday as part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. The road trip then continues with a game at Seton Hall Wednesday before the Flashes return to Kent for the start of a seven-game home stand Nov. 17 against Saint Peters.