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November 23, 2010
Kent State has yet to play a complete game, but somehow the Golden Flashes continue to win.
In Tuesday's finale of the World Vision Classic, the Golden Flashes overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Division II Urbana, 94-71, in front of 188 at Cleveland State's Wolstein Center.
“Our guys, once we read the schedule card they thought this one would be easy,” said Kent State head coach Geno Ford. “Once the game got going they saw (Urbana) was going to play hard and we had to step it up.”
The struggles for the Golden Flashes, who improved to 5-1 with the win, began before the game even started.
“We had a horrible walk-through today with guys not paying attention to detail,” Ford said. “We’re just an immature basketball team right now. We don’t act the right way; we don’t do the right things. But, we’re going to break thought it.”
Ten of Manns’ 12 points came off dunks that energized his teammates.
“Justin Manns gave us some real energy plays,” Ford said. “He had four or five dunks in the second half and anytime you get some highlight type plays it ignites guys.”
That’s just what happened for Porrini, who scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half. He also hit on 7-of-8 free throws and added five assists and three steals.
“In the second half, I thought Mike Porrini, his effort and leadership was outstanding,” Ford said. “In the first half we only forced three turnovers. That’s how lazy and lackadaisical we were. We had 15 in the second half because we pressured the ball the way were supposed to and anticipated things more.”
Ford was pleased with what he saw out of his players in the second half, but he’s still disappointed the Golden Flashes haven’t played a full 40 minutes.
“We just don’t play the right way, we don’t communicate, we don’t play very hard,” he said. “In the second half we come out and play the right way, share the ball and fly around the floor and we outscore them by 26. I don’t expect to win by more than 20 against a solid Division II school, but you should still play the right way. That’s the problem right now, we just haven’t put 40 minutes together.”
Junior Justin Greene led the Flashes with 20 points to become the first player to score 20 or more points in three consecutive games since Al Fisher did it in 2007-08.