Junior 6-foot-9 forward Melvin Tabb’s best game in a Kent State uniform wasn’t enough to offset another poor shooting performance by the Golden Flashes’ seniors in a 62-55 loss at Xavier on Sunday.
While Tabb connected on 9-of-10 from the field and finished with game highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds, Randal Holt shot just 2-for-17 and Chris Evans made 4-of-18. Evans finished with 10 points while Holt added seven.
“Our main guys are struggling,” said Kent State coach Rob Senderoff.
“It’s going to be tough to win when Chris and Randal combine to shoot 6-for-35 … Melvin obviously had a great game. If you had told me that he would go for 20 and 14, I would have thought we were going to win the game.”
As a team, Kent State (5-5) made just 32 percent of its shots (21-of-65), including 16 percent on 3-pointers (4-for-24). Holt was 1-for-10 and Evans 2-for-8 from long distance.
Brad Redford hit 4-of-5 from beyond the arc while scoring 14 for the Musketeers (7-2).
Following 11 days off for final exams, Kent State will return to play Dec. 20 against St. Francis (Pa.) at the M.A.C. Center.
Despite staging a huge 16-point comeback to end the first half, Kent State (1-8) lost 59-53 to Western Kentucky (7-2) on Sunday afternoon at the M.A.C. Center.
Diamon Beckford had her first double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds and was perfect from the free-throw line, making all five of her attempts.
Tamzin Barroilhet also finished in double-digits with 15 points.
Rachel Mendelsohn had a season-high seven points. Melanee Stubbs had a season-high seven rebounds.
Kent State shot 71 percent from the free-throw line, including making nine out of ten in the first half and also saw improvement in turnovers for the second game in a row.
Kent turned the ball over 17 times, six below their average. However, the Flashes shot just 32.1 percent from the field and went 0-for-11 from three-point range.
Alexis Govan led Western Kentucky with 17 points. Chastity Gooch contributed to the WKU victory with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Kent State has time off for finals before heading on the road to take on St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. Dec. 18.
— Staff report