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KSU's Kris Brewer goes from hero to goat in a two-week span against NIU

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 29, 2014

The last time Kent State played Northern Illinois a little over two weeks ago, the Golden Flashes rallied from a double-digit deficit to force overtime and win on the road thanks to a huge 25-point effort by Kris Brewer.  

However, when the two teams faced each other again in the rematch Wednesday at the M.A.C. Center, the junior point guard’s will to win was no where to be found. Brewer finished with just two points and the Flashes squandered a 14-point lead that included Brewer making a series of missteps over the final seconds that helped the Huskies escape with a 50-49 road victory.

“They made it harder for (Brewer) to get shots up, I’m sure,” KSU coach Rob Senderoff said. “But he was 0-for-7 (from the field), 0-for-4 from 3 (point range) and had three turnovers. We (narrowly lose to the league’s best team in) Toledo (Sunday) and he’s arguably the best player on the floor. Then tonight Kris really struggled.”

Senderoff went on to say he wasn’t “trying to throw (Brewer) under the bus,” knowing when his team shoots a mere 34.8 percent from the field and Darren Goodson has the team’s high points with only 10, it’s obvious all of the Flashes players struggled.   

But it was a tough loss for Senderoff to take, especially given his Flashes held a lead for most of the evening - including increasing a seven-point lead at halftime to a 40-26 advantage just five and a half minutes into the second quarter with a good second-half start.

“We’re up 13, then we turn it over and foul and it was like from that point we just stopped playing,” Senderoff said. “And I don’t have the answer for it…I really don’t know what happened from that point on. Turnover, turnover, turnover and then we just don’t score the rest of the night.”

From that point on, the Flashes (11-9, 2-5) shot just 1-for-11 from the field and suffered six turnovers as they watched their lead dissipate into thin air. Yet, despite another poor offensive showing, KSU clung to a one-point lead after Dev Manley made a pair of free throws that gave the host a 49-48 edge as NIU’s Darrell Bowie fouled out of the game.

“We needed one stop late after still playing so poorly the whole game – didn’t get it,” said Senderoff, the only one to enter the media room after his team’s disapointing loss.

Instead, as NIU (8-11, 2-5) point guard Travon Baker raced down court trying to make a play all by himself, he was bailed out by Brewer, who inexplicably fouled him right in front of the basket with five seconds left. After Baker converted both shots to hand NIU the one-point edge, Brewer had precious little time to push the ball the length of the floor to attempt a final game-winning shot.

But instead of hurrying, he took too much time and was forced to throw up an off-ballanced, desperation shot that didn’t even hit the rim as time expired.

“There’s five seconds to go and he fouled,” Senderoff said. “Then they came out in a zone and we were running a play to try to get Kris to dribble. I mean, he’s the fastest guy in America (but) he didn’t even drive it fast. He was out of it all night, and I don’t know why.”

Kent State doesn’t have miuch time to figure things out either, as the first game of the season against cross-town rival Akron looms Saturday. 



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