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.
Looking like a player with tremendous professional potential, Simpson had a couple highlight reel dunks in the first half to go along with two three pointers to lead KSU with 10 points at the break as the Flashes took a 32-20 lead.
“Anthony was fantastic tonight. He had one of those games where everything was working for him and he did a lot of things well, said Ford. “He did an unbelievable job and the three he hit in the corner down the stretch was a dagger."
Tyree Evans and Rod Sherman both had 14 points in the game for Kent State, who shot 65 percent in the second half.
Kent State held a 23-2 advantage of fast break points and a 31-8 advantage off the bench thanks to Simpson's heroics.
KSU completes the two-game swing through Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Central Michigan. Game time is 7:00 pm. On Thursday night the Chippewas beat Buffalo to up their MAC record to 6-2.
“You get a good win tonight and you want to feel good and enjoy it,” Ford said. “We’ve got 48 hours and we got to play at Central.”