The Kent State men's basketball team used a 20-1 run to start the second half and had to hang on to beat Samford on Friday night 69-66 on the first night of the Hispanic College Fund Classic. Chris Singletary, one of six seniors on the team, played like one. Singletary played with a sense of urgency that you might expect from a senior, scoring 19 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Read Stephanie Storm's article on the game.
HE'S BACK - It was nice to see Rod Sherman back out on the floor for the Golden Flashes. Sherman redshirted last season while recovering from knee surgery. Sherman was a busy man in his first game back, chasing around Samford point guard Trey Montgomery while also logging 26 minutes in his new role as point guard this season. "It was a wonderful feeling," Sherman said. "It's been a while since I've been out on that M.A.C. Center floor, and I've been thinking about what it would like to get back out there." Sherman finished 4-10 from the field with 9 points.
SENIOR LEADER - It's only one game, but Chris Singletary really looks like he is embracing the role as "the guy." Being the guy also means being the senior leader. Singletary was the one credited for rallying his team at halftime, and it was Singletary's rugged play on the interior that helped the Flashes get a win. The burly senior from Chicago had 19 points, and knocked down 9-10 free throws. Singletary's leadership was a main topic in the post game press conference.“The great teams are coached within; they’re not coached by the coach," head coach Geno Ford said. "They’re going to hold each other much more accountable than we as coaches are able to.” Sherman also weighed in on his backcourt mate. “I think it’s because of the passion he has for the game and him being all the way into it. You can just see the fire in his eyes. The new guys look at that. It fires me up, and I’ve been here awhile.”
UAB - Kent State will now put on their track shoes on and try to defeat the fast-paced, athletic UAB Blazers. UAB defeated Green Bay in Friday's first game, 68-56. They feature Elijah Millsap, younger brother of NBA forward Paul Millsap. UAB's game is predicated on their pressure defense and their athleticism. “They are a very, very good team,” said Ford. “They are big, they are athletic, they can score inside, they can make jump shots. We are going to have to shoot the ball better and play better. But I’m sure Samford, UAB and Green Bay will all play better in game two. That’s what happens.”
Kent State opened with a come from behind victory at Robert Morris, winning 62-57. Rachel Bennett and Ellie Shields had 14 points a piece. Story.
Note: Read about the Kent State men's cross country team in today's Akron Beacon Journal