February 27, 2009

Falcons snap the streak

Bowling Green, Ohio--Anderson Arena continues to be a house of horrors for the Kent State men's basketball team.

A year after Bowling Green knocked the Golden Flashes from their first ever regular season national ranking; the Falcons followed that up with a 67-66 victory on Thursday night in front of 2,045 fans at the venerable gym that snapped an eight-game winning streak for Kent State.

Junior guard Tyree Evans missed a desperation shot from the left wing as time expired to give Bowling Green the victory.

"We had one of best shooters taking a contested shot from 15-feet out, so I liked our chances at the end" said Kent State head coach Geno Ford. "It just didn't go down."

Junior guard Chris Singletary missed the second shot of a 1-in-1 but the ball was rewarded to the Flashes with 1.1 seconds left before Evans' last second miss.

Senior guard Jordan Mincy continued to be an offensive catalyst for Kent State, hitting on five 3-pointers and finishing with 19 points. Al Fisher and Singletary added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Bowling Green put five players in double figures, but was paced by senior Nate Miller, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.

"Miller made every big play", Ford said. "He won the game. He got the two offensive rebounds at crunch time. He hit a big three. He did what you hope your seniors will do."

In the first half both teams went on large runs as the lead went back and forth to both teams. Bowling Green used five first half 3-pointers and 60-percent shooting overall to take a 34-31 lead into halftime.

Mincy had the hot hand in the first half scoring 13 points to keep Kent State in the game. In the second half Kent State used an 11-0 run to take a 56-51 lead with about eight minutes left to play.

Bowling Green battled back behind big man Otis Polk. Polk's basket with 47 seconds left put the Falcons up for good and came in the midst of a frantic final five minutes that saw seven lead changes and two ties.

Overall, there were five ties and 19 lead changes.

"They hit a lot of big shots at key times," Ford said. "We lost our focus at times throughout the game and it hurt us."

With Ohio beating Miami and Akron beating Buffalo on Thursday, the Golden Flashes are now tied with Miami for fourth place in the MAC East Division at 8-4. Akron, Buffalo, and Bowling Green are just one game ahead at 9-4 in a three-way tie for first.

Ford concluded, "Our concentration level was not very good in my opinion. This is not a building we have played very well in."

Kent State travels to Miami on Sunday for its final MAC road game of the season.

Game Notes:

  • Singletary vs. Miller: Chris Singletary and Nate Miller had another spirited, physical, entertaining match-up on Thursday night. Singletary competed at a very high level for every loose ball, putting his body on the line several times. He finished with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in 32 minutes of action. Miller matched him with big plays of his own and came away with the most important stat, the win.
  • Jordan Mincy is averaging 11.6 points per game (105) in the last nine games. In Mincy's first 120 games he averaged 2.3 points (350)
  • Mincy is now tied for sixth all-time in MAC history with 129 games played. He also moved into eight place on the KSU career assists list with 329
  • Al Fisher went over the 900-point plateau for his career and now has 914 in 63 career games
  • With an 11-6 edge tonight, the Golden Flashes bench has outscored the last nine opponents.

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