Another double-digit, second-half deficit led to yet another loss on to the road to a division opponent.
It’s a scenario Kent State has faced time and again throughout this roller-coaster season.
But unlike so many other games in which the Golden Flashes managed to get it together just in time to dig out of the hole, there wasn’t much of a comeback attempt at Bowling Green on Saturday night.
Instead, KSU’s first visit to the Stroh Center was one to forget — a 74-58 loss in which the Flashes clinched the feat of going winless on the road in the Mid-American Conference East Division this season.
In absorbing their third consecutive loss, the Flashes (19-9, 9-5 MAC) fell out of a three-way tie for second place in the division and left questions about their desire to play.
“Do our guys want to win? Yeah, they want to win,” KSU coach Rob Senderoff said. “But are they doing the things needed to do to win? No, obviously not. That’s the reason we’ve lost three in a row.”
The Flashes played carelessly throughout the game, committing 21 turnovers that led to 26 Bowling Green points.
Despite shooting 55 percent from the field and outrebounding Bowling Green by five in the first half, KSU still trailed 38-32 at halftime.
Of course, that will happen without any help from reserves who contributed just four points and sloppy play from the get-go that led to 16 first-half turnovers.
Although KSU pulled as close as four points early in the second half, the Flashes steadily went downhill from there.
“We played hard at the beginning of the game and we were only down by six points at halftime with 16 turnovers,” Senderoff said. “So I kind of felt like we’d have a chance in the second half. But it just didn’t happen.”
Senior guard Carlton Guyton led the Flashes with 17 points. Despite being limited with a nagging right-ankle injury, senior forward Justin Greene chipped in 16 points and six rebounds, but committed five turnovers.
“Justin struggled,” Senderoff said. “He turned the ball over too much. I just thought he tried to do too much. I thought a lot of guys tried to do too much.
“There’s a trust factor that when you’re playing well, it’s there. But when you’re not playing well, it’s missing and you do too much individually.”
Forward Scott Thomas led three Falcons in double figures with a game-high 21 points that included six 3-pointers. Bowling Green finished the game with 14 steals and seven blocked shots and shot 61.5 percent in the second half.
“It’s not about [what Bowling Green did],” Senderoff said. “It’s about us. It’s about having a collective will to fight through those things and find a way to win the game.”