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Flashes sparkle on all-star night

By admin Published: February 28, 2010

By Stephanie Storm Beacon Journal sports writer

KENT: Kent State had its share of Pittsburgh Steelers fans in the crowd Saturday night. A dabbling of San Diego Chargers fans as well.

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Kent State men play Miami on Senior night

By admin Published: February 27, 2010

It promises to be an emotional, energy filled Saturday night at the M.A.C. Center as Kent State (21-8, 11-3) hosts the Miami RedHawks (12-16, 8-6).  Prior to the game Kent State will honor its six seniors.  Frank Henry-Ala, Anthony Simpson, Tyree Evans, Brandon Parks, Mike McKee and Chris Singletary will be playing in their final home game.  In addition, Kent State will also be recognizing the 2010 Varsity "K" Hall of Fame Class, including NFL stars James Harrison and Antonio Gates.  Gates will have his No. 44 retired during an extended halftime ceremony.

Miami has lost three straight MAC games, including an excruciating loss at the buzzer on Wednesday night to Ohio on a Tommy Freeman three with 0.6 seconds left.  The RedHawks are still playing for the one bye available in the first round of the MAC tournament after Kent State and Akron clinched on Wednesday (MAC West Division champion gets the third).

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Kent State women take on BGSU

By admin Published: February 27, 2010

The Kent State women's basketball team travels to Bowling Green today to take on the Falcons.  The Golden Flashes have won nine of their last 10 games, including Wednesday night's victory over Akron.  A win today by the Flashes would tie Bowling Green for first place in the MAC East at 12-3 and give KSU the leg up in a tie breaker since the Flashes defeated Toledo earlier in the season, while Toledo beat Bowling Green.

It won't be easy.  Bowling Green is 12-0 at home this season.  That streak ranks as the 16th longest home winning streak in the NCAA.  Bowling Green has defeated Kent State 12 straight times.  2009 MAC Player of the Year Lauren Prochaska is "day to day" after suffering a knee injury during Wednesday's win at Buffalo.

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Kent State offers Cincinnati duo

By admin Published: February 26, 2010

Kent State has offered Moeller junior DL Jesse Hayes (6-4, 230) according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

They also report that the Flashes offered Elder junior linebacker Jacob Lindsey (6-1, 215) on Tuesday.

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Seventy five-percent shooting in second half lifts veteran Flashes

By admin Published: February 25, 2010

BOWLING GREEN - Kent State is a veteran team.  With six seniors on its roster, its the most the program has had since the 1991-92 season. According to the website Statsheet.com, the Golden Flashes are the 16th most experienced team in the nation.  Even though KSU is battle tested and have players who have played over 100 games in the blue and gold, it is never too late to mature.

Last night at Anderson Arena in Bowling Green, a veteran team continued to learn, mature and grow.

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Big night for Kent State basketball

By admin Published: February 24, 2010

With both conference races in the home stretch, it is an important night for both Kent State basketball teams.

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KSU Notes - February 23

By admin Published: February 23, 2010

SINGLETARY FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Dave Carducci from the Record Courier checks in today with a couple of notes.  Dave's done the research, and he says why Chris Singletary could be in line to be voted MAC Player of the Year when the season is over.  The 6-4 Chicago native was named MAC Player of the Week on Monday for the fourth time this season.  He is also looking at the tournament scenarios for both the men and women.

HUMES IS PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Kent State's Jamilah Humes was named MAC East Player of the Week, leading the Golden Flashes to a win over Ohio by scoring 23 points.  Kent State will host Akron on Wednesday before traveling to Bowling Green to take on the East leading Falcons on Saturday.  Wednesday's game is the final regular season home game while Saturday's contest will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

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Kent State wrestling falls to CMU

By admin Published: February 22, 2010

Courtesy: Kent State Athletic Communications 

Two overtime wins for Central Michigan and a pair of one-point wins in regulation made the difference for the Chippewas in a 21-13 victory over Kent State Sunday afternoon at the M.A.C. Center. The Golden Flashes trailed by just two points (15-13), before CMU ended the dual with back-to-back overtime wins at 197 and heavyweight.

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Golden Flashes rally for BracketBuster win

By admin Published: February 21, 2010

KENT - Kent State continues to find ways to win.  The Flashes used an 11-0 run at crunch time in the second half to defeat Western Carolina 74-72 in front of 5,003 roaring fans on Saturday night at the M.A.C. Center.

Kent State won their 20th game of the season.  It is the 11th time in 12 years that the Flashes have won 20+. 

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KSU to host Western Carolina on ESPNU

By admin Published: February 20, 2010

The Kent State men's basketball team will host Western Carolina tonight of the Southern Conference as part of the eighth annual BracketBuster event. 

BracketBusters is an event that has been very good to the Flashes, and it could be coming at a good time.  Stephanie Storm has her game preview here.

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KSU Notes - February 18

By admin Published: February 18, 2010

EUGENE BAKER ADDED TO FOOTBALL STAFF - Kent State is welcoming back one of its own, as head football coach Doug Martin announced Wednesday that Eugene Baker has been named an assistant coach for the Golden Flashes.  Baker will work primarily with the wide receivers.  “We’re tremendously excited to be able to add unquestionably the best wide receiver in the history of the program to our coaching staff,” Martin said. “Eugene’s success here and his experience in the NFL will be a great asset as we continue to develop our wide receiving corps.”  The school’s career leader in receptions (229), yards (3,513) and touchdowns (35) — all by wide margins, Baker played for the Flashes from 1995-98 and was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection. His junior season, the Monroeville, Pa., native established program-bests with 103 catches for 1,549 yards and 18 touchdowns en route to earning third team All-America honors from Football News. His 9.36 receptions per game also led the NCAA that season.  Baker was selected in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He went on to play for five different teams over his seven-year career, including a stint with the Carolina Panthers during their run to Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003.

MAC vs. HORIZON - A little dated, but this writer is comparing the Horizon League and the Mid-American Conference when it comes to men's basketball.

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Flashes grind it out, beat Bobcats 74-67

By admin Published: February 18, 2010

Kent State limped to the finish line.  Literally.

When it was all said and done at the M.A.C. Center in Kent, the Golden Flashes had found a way to beat Ohio 74-67 in front of 3,763 fans.  The win keeps Kent State (19-8, 10-3) in a first place tie with Akron.  The Zips defeated Miami in Millet on Wednesday night.  Ohio falls to 14-13, 5-8 with the loss.

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Sick, injured Flashes face tough game

By admin Published: February 17, 2010

The banged up Golden Flashes start 'Reunion Week' for head coach Geno Ford.  Kent State, with four of their top six players nursing bumps and bruises, will look to stay atop the MAC standings when they host the Ohio Bobcats on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.  Kent State defeated Ohio 62-60 in the MAC opener on January 8 in a game where Chris Singletary took over down the stretch.

Ford faces his former college team, where he also was an assistant coach at under Larry Hunter. Ford will face Hunter's current team, the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday night in the BracketBuster game at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

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Flashes' running back gets NCAA OK to play another season

By admin Published: February 15, 2010

Late on Friday night we told you Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis would be granted a sixth year of eligibility for the 2010 season.  Kent State held a press conference this afternoon in Kent to officially announce the decision.  Kent State beat writer Stephanie Storm was in attendance...

By Stephanie Storm Beacon Journal sports writer

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Sluggish Flashes trampled by Bulls

By admin Published: February 13, 2010

By Beacon Journal staff

The swagger was gone.

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Jarvis gets sixth year of eligibility

By admin Published: February 13, 2010

Jarvis is believed only the second three-time captain in the 87 year history of the program and will now get the chance to be a four-time captain.  Jarvis' 3,426 career rushing yards rank fourth in school history - just 563 yards shy of Astron Whatley's school record.

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KSU Notes - February 12

By admin Published: February 12, 2010

SIMPSON SOARS - Anthony Simpson has been flying high for Kent State since moving to the bench back on November 18.  One of the leading candidates for MAC Sixth Man of the Year, the Flashes are 10-0 when their dynamic front court player scores in double figures.  The Daily Kent Stater profiles Simpson here.

UPDATED MAC TOURNAMENT | MEN - If the MAC men's basketball tournament started today, these would be the matchups:

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Flashes breeze past Ball State, 76-42

By admin Published: February 10, 2010

The Kent State men's basketball team (18-7, 9-2) used a familiar formula on Wednesday night to beat Ball State 76-42 in front of 2,825 loyal fans at the M.A.C. Center in Kent.  Great defense and another second half surge sent the Flashes to their eighth win in a row, keeping them at the top of the MAC standings, one game in front of Akron and Miami (8-3).

Kent State's physical and focused defense hounded Ball State all night long.  The Cardinals (12-11, 6-5) shot 15 for 52 for just 29 percent and were forced into 19 turnovers by the active hands of KSU.  The Flashes converted those miscues into 21 points to hold a +16 advantage (21-5) on points off turnovers.

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Singletary helps KSU dominate MAC West

By admin Published: February 10, 2010

 

By Stephanie Storm Beacon Journal sports writer

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KSU Notes - February 9

By admin Published: February 9, 2010

Dave Carducci from the Record Courier checks in today with some news and notes.  Among the tidbits Carducci has...

SINGLETARY IS PLAYER OF THE WEEK, AGAIN - Chris Singletary was named the MAC East Player of the Week on Monday.  It was the third time he has won the award this season.  Singletary led KSU to a 3-0 record while averaging 12 points, 6.7 assists per game and 6.3 rebounds per game.  Singletary has to be one of the top candidates for MAC Player of the Year along with David Kool from Western Michigan, Kenny Hayes from Miami and Robbie Harman from Central Michigan.

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Flashes win 7th straight

By admin Published: February 7, 2010

The best of the West played host to the best of the East Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

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KSU battles Central in match of divisional leaders

By admin Published: February 6, 2010

Kent State men's basketball will play at Central Michigan tonight at 7:00 p.m.  It will match the East leader (KSU, 16-7, 7-2) and the West leading Chippewas (11-9, 6-2).

Quick Flashes
•    Kent State has won 15 straight against MAC West opponents.  The Golden Flashes last loss came on Feb. 2, 2008 at Toledo.  
•    During the six game winning streak the Golden Flashes are averaging 36.7 points per game in the paint.  Kent State has won the last 10 games when the team has scored at least 30 points in the paint.
•    Kent State leads the MAC in three-point field goal percentage defense during MAC play (25.4 percent) while Central Michigan is first with 7.6 three-pointers made per game.
•    Kent State is the only MAC team with four players averaging in double figures, yet only one KSU player (Rodriquez Sherman - 20th) ranks top 20 in the league for minutes played.
•    The Golden Flashes have shot over 50 percent in four of the last six games and are shooting 50.5 percent during the six game win streak.    

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Cribbs to appear on 'Rome is Burning'

By admin Published: February 5, 2010

Former Kent State star Josh Cribbs will appear on 'Rome is Burning' today at 4:30 p.m.  Cribbs recently played in his second Pro Bowl this past Sunday in Miami.  He is the NFL's record holder for most kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career with eight.  He is Kent State's all time leader in total yards, points, touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, completions and passing yards.

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MAC basketball struggles with fall from elite

By admin Published: February 5, 2010

Dave Hackenberg from the Toledo Blade writes this article on the current landscape of basketball in the Mid-American Conference.

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Simpson leads Flashes to 6th straight win

By admin Published: February 5, 2010

Earlier in the season Kent State coach Geno Ford called senior forward Anthony Simpson an "X-factor."  On Thursday night Simpson was a huge factor in helping lead the Golden Flashes (16-7, 7-2) to their sixth straight win, a 75-68 triumph over Eastern Michigan (11-11, 3-6).  It was the program's 400th win in school history.

Simpson scored a career high 19 points to go along with 7 rebounds.  Simpson was 3-4 from the three point line.  His corner three with 3:07 to go in the second half gave KSU the breathing room they needed to hang on for a victory, despite some sloppy play down the stretch.

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Flashes take on Eastern Michigan

By admin Published: February 4, 2010

By Stephanie Storm
Beacon Journal sports writer

Physical defense has been the calling card for Kent State during its current five-game winning streak, and it looks to be key again today as the Golden Flashes go for the 400th win in program history.

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Kent State Unveils 2010 Recruiting Class

By admin Published: February 3, 2010

Courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications

KENT, Ohio - Kent State head football coach Doug Martin announced the Golden Flashes' 20-member recruiting class at a Wednesday afternoon "National Signing Day" press conference. Fourteen high school student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent, while six members of the incoming class are already enrolled at KSU.

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Ford weighs in on possible tournament expansion

By admin Published: February 3, 2010

Expanding the NCAA Tournament from 65 teams to 96 has been a serious topic of debate recently.

Kent State men's coach Geno Ford recently shared his opinion on the issue with The Plain Dealer.

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Flashes roll over NIU, 76-46

By admin Published: February 1, 2010

The Golden Flashes (15-7, 6-2) continue to win in their golden uniforms.  Kent State won their fifth straight game on Monday night, all wearing the gold.  The Flashes did it in impressive fashion, running away for a 76-46 victory.  With Akron's home loss to Eastern Michigan, KSU is in 1st place by themselves.

More important than the uniforms was Kent State's defense.  The Flashes held Northern Illinois (8-12, 4-4) to 29 percent shooting in the game, including 21 percent in the second half and just 17 points.  NIU was 2-15 from behind the arc.

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Flashes host Northern Illinois Monday night

By admin Published: February 1, 2010

By Stephanie Storm Beacon Journal sports writer

The play Ford was referring to was junior guard Rodriquez Sherman's stunning coast-to-coast, one-handed tomahawk that drew a foul with 2.4 seconds left and emphatically handed the host Flashes a 74-73 victory.

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