By Stephanie Storm Beacon Journal sports writer
Kent State is looking to complete its domination of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference today (7 p.m.) against visiting Ball State.
If the Golden Flashes (17-7, 8-2 in the MAC) beat the Cardinals (12-10, 6-4), they will extend their winning streak to eight games, including victories over all six West Division teams, and extended their winning streak against the West to 16 games.
Against West Division-leading Central Michigan, Flashes senior forward Chris Singletary did more than his share. He scored 19 points, had a team-high six rebounds and handed out six assists to help him once again earn a MAC East Co-Player of the Week award.
This week's league honor, which Singletary shares with Miami senior guard Kenny Hayes, is Singletary's second in a row and third this season.
He leads the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game and also averages 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists during MAC play.
During the Flashes' winning streak, Singletary has an impressive 3-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
A jack-of-all-trades, Singletary is also the only active MAC player with more than 1,000 career points, 400 rebounds, 250 assists and 150 steals.
''When you have the kind of confidence in you that my teammates have in me, it makes playing easier,'' Singletary said recently of his ability to see where he's most needed.
''If they say they need to ride me for a while, I say 'Come on, get on my back. I got you.' Generally, the first half I come out and try to get my teammates involved. Then if they need me to score, I can do that, too.''
One of the more impressive attributes of the Flashes' winning streak has been their ability to rely on more than one player to carry the team on different nights.
The Flashes have four players averaging double-figure scoring, sophomore center Justin Greene (13.6 points), Singletary (11.3), senior guard Tyree Evans (11.1) and junior guard Rodriquez Sherman (11).
When Singletary struggles to get going on offense, Greene has picked up a bulk of the slack down low, where he's averaging a team-best 15 points in the past seven games.
KSU has won its past 11 games in which it has scored at least 30 points in the paint.
Ball State is led by last season's Freshman of the Year and last week's MAC West Player of the Week, Jarrod Jones. A sophomore forward, Jones averages 12.5 points and 7.6 rebounds. Following in Jones' footsteps is freshman guard Jauwan Scaife, who is averaging 10 points.
The Cardinals, who had a four-game winning streak snapped Saturday in an overtime loss to the University of Akron, are second in the MAC West Division, a game behind Central Michigan.
Kent State is in sole possession of first place in the East, a game ahead of Akron and Miami.