Brad Bournival

KENT: Donít be surprised to see Kent State menís basketball coach Rob Senderoff walking around the rest of this holiday week with a smile.

With the biggest game of this young season looming over the weekend, the Golden Flashes put together a strong performance in a 79-60 nonconference win over St. Francis (Pa.) in front of 3,262 Tuesday at the MAC Center.

Itís the first game that wasnít decided by single digits and one KSU (3-1) never trailed. It also could send the Golden Flashes rolling against a storied program on Saturday when they travel to Atlantic Coast Conference country to take on Pitt.

But before KSU could start thinking about the Panthers, the Golden Flashes had to take care of the Red Flash (2-2).

They did that in impressive fashion.

Leading by as many as 25 in the second half ó KSU did it twice ó the Golden Flashes had little trouble protecting an 11-point halftime lead.

KSU forward Jimmy Hall led the way with 16 points, adding nine rebounds and four assists in an all-around fantastic effort. Khaliq Spicer added eight points and five rebounds.

Xavier Pollard was the other player in double figures for the Golden Flashes with 11 points to go along with three assists.

Jaylin Walker and Chris Ortiz each added nine points and Kellen Thomas had seven points and four assists.

The Golden Flashes held a 40-37 advantage on the boards and shot 45.7 percent from the field (32-of-70), using their height to jump out to an early advantage.

The big momentum switch came in the first half when KSU took an early tie and put things decidedly in favor of the Golden Flashes.

Spicerís free throws with 9:20 remaining were the final points of a 13-0 run, as KSU took control.

Using Hall and Spicer, the Golden Flashes pushed out to a 39-28 halftime lead.

Greg Brown led St. Francis with 21 points.