KENT - Rod Sherman and Mike McKee picked up the slack for Kent State, with Chris Singletary in foul trouble for much of the game during Kent State's 72-65 win over UAB on Saturday night at day two of the Hispanic College Fund Classic. Sherman had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists while McKee scored 19 points. McKee hit four three point field goals and seven free throws in the final 45 seconds to clinch the victory.
Read Stephanie Storm's article in the ABJ about the win.
WELCOME BACK, PART II - Friday night was Rod Sherman's first game back since the 2007-08 season and Saturday night Sherman made a huge impact in the victory over UAB. Sherman was very aggressive in his attack of the rim while also mixing in some perimeter hoops. Sherman gives KSU that aggressive slasher type that they need from the perimeter. Sherman had a career high 17 points, and equaled a career high with four rebounds. “At the beginning of the game, a lot of my teammates were telling me to do what I do and get to the basket," Sherman said. "That’s one of my advantages, so whenever I saw the opening, I attacked the basket.”
WINNING WITHOUT SINGLETARY -It was an encouraging sign for KSU to be able to win a game against an athletic, long UAB squad with Chris Singletary beind held to 14 minutes, two points on two shot attempts. “We have a totally different team from last year because on any given night, it could be somebody’s night," Sherman said. "We’ve done a better job of becoming a family. We’re just trying to get our team chemistry right and put it all together.” Singletaryhas got to become more careful when he is in foul trouble and out on the floor. He can't just reach in and give the official even the option to make a call on him. Last night was the first time I heard head coach Geno Ford come out and speak on that issue. “It’s tough for us when Chris is in foul trouble, and he’s got to be more judicious with where he fouls at," Ford said. "We can’t go through the season and play road games where he’s playing 10 minutes. We need him on the floor.”
Sophomore Dustin Kilgore (184) was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Oklahoma Gold Tournament on Saturday. Kilgore upset No. 1 ranked Mike Pucillo of Ohio State in the finals. As a team, the Golden Flashes took fifth place.