Kent State ended the game on a 13-0 run to defeat Rochester College on Sunday evening at the M.A.C. Center 63-44.
Junior guard Rod Sherman had another stat stuffing performance with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Mike McKee had 12 points and six rebounds and Anthony Simpson had another solid performance, with 12 points and 10 rebounds for his third career double-double.
Sherman had seven points during the game ending run to help the Flashes pull away from the Warriors, who kept it close throughout the game.
The first half saw some sloppy play as Kent State went into the locker room with a 28-24 lead.
Kent State hammered Rochester on the boards, with a 47-22 advantage. Kent State took advantage of 23 offensive rebounds.
Kent State was able to force 19 turnovers, converting them into 23 points.
Kent State really struggled from the free throw line, going just 13-28 for 46%.
Read Stephanie Storm's game story in the ABJ and on Ohio.com.
Kent State Notes
- Kent State improved to 4-1 for the fourth time this decade.
- Simpson has had to back to back double figure scoring games for the first time in his KSU career.
- Simpson is averaging 8.1 points per game off the bench and 5.8 points per game as a starter in his career.
- Tyree Evans did not have at least one three pointer in the game for just the second time in his 30 Kent State games.
- Sherman has had at least 15 points and 4 assists in each of his last four games.
HOLT SUSPENDED - Randal Holt did not play in the game due to a suspension for a violation of team rules. Holt is suspended indefinitely. The freshman point guard from Cleveland Glenville was averaging 4.0 points per game in 19 minutes per game in the season's first four games.
SIMPSON PRODUCTIVE AGAIN - It was the second straight productive game from forward Anthony Simpson. With Chris Singletary out two to four weeks, Simpson's value has increased. He gives Kent State another option in the mid-post. On Sunday evening Simpson had 12 points and 10 rebounds. “Anthony had a good game for us and has really stepped since coming off the bench the past two games,” said Head Coach Geno Ford. “It was his idea to make the switch from a starter. He is an unselfish kid and is one of those guys who just wants to win.”
TWO FLASHES MAKE DEBUT - Kent State was able to find some minutes for forward Greg Avila. Avila finished with two points. At the end of the game KSU was able to get in freshman walk-on Jordan Wilds as well Alex Grimsley in the game. Cameron Joyce played in his second straight game, filling the void of Holt.
NOT SO PLEASANT RETURN - Rochester College is coached by Garth Pleasant. His son, Klint Pleasant is an assistant coach on his staff. Kent State fans may remember Klint from being an assistant coach on Stan Heath's staff at Kent State during the 2001-2002 Elite 8 season.
ROAD WARRIORS - Kent State will now go on the road for their next four games, and seven out of their next eight. This upcoming road swing will see Kent State play tough games at South Florida, Morehead State, Xavier and Pittsburgh. Kent State will next play at home on December 20 against Texas A&M- Corpus Christi. ''The schedule really turns on us here, and not in a good way,'' Ford said. ''We are only going to have one home game in the next six weeks, which in my time here is the longest drought we've ever had.''