Kent State (15-12) at Bowling Green (11-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stroh Center (4,700) -- Bowling Green, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Kent State 11-6, Bowling Green 6-7. Away Record: Kent State 4-6, Bowling Green 4-8. Neutral Record: Kent State 0-0, Bowling Green 1-1. Conference Record: Kent State 6-8, Bowling Green 5-9. Series Record: Bowling Green leads, 82-69.
GAME NOTES: The Kent State Golden Flashes had a three-game win streak snapped Saturday, and now they'll try to get back in the win column with a road contest against Mid-American Conference rival Bowling Green at the Stroh Center.
Kent State had its three-game win streak halted with a 78-69 defeat at the hands of Buffalo on Saturday. The Golden Flashes have won four of their last seven contests, and own a 6-8 record in the MAC East Division - one game ahead of their next competitor Bowling Green.
Bowling Green has lost two games in a row, and five of its last six contests altogether. The Falcons fell for the second time this season to Miami-Ohio this past Sunday, 55-52. Bowling Green occupies the bottom spot in the MAC East Division with a 5-9 conference record.
Bowling Green owns a healthy lead over Kent State in the all-time series between the two squads, 82-69. The Golden Flashes defeated the Falcons back on Feb. 12 by a slim 62-61 margin.
Buffalo held just a one-point lead as the Bulls and Golden Flashes broke for halftime on Saturday, 33-32. But the second half is when Kent State gave the game away by allowing Buffalo to shoot 48.2 percent from the floor. Kris Brewer led the Golden Flashes with 16 points in the game, while Kellon Thomas chipped in with 13 and four assists. Devareaux Manley added 11 points, and Derek Jackson contributed 10 with six rebounds and four helpers. Kent State shot 45.6 percent from the floor.
Brewer leads the Golden Flashes in scoring this season with a 12.1 ppg average on 39.9 percent shooting from the floor. Brewer's 78 assists and 2.9 apg mark are both team highs, and his 25 steals on the year are second behind Jackson's total of 50. Jackson checks in at second on the squad with 11.3 ppg, and Mark Henniger leads the Kent State roster with 5 rpg. As a unit, the Golden Flashes average 70.7 ppg through 27 games played.
Some clutch free throws for Miami-Ohio kept the RedHawks alive over Bowling Green, and helped them defeat the Falcons Sunday in MAC action. Spencer Parker was the only Bowling Green player to score in double figures, netting 18 points with seven rebounds. Cameron Black grabbed a team-high 10 boards in the contest, and Richaun Holmes scored nine points with nine rebounds and two blocked shots, which game him the Bowling Green single-season record for blocked shots. The previous record was 73, and Holmes has 75.
Holmes paces the Bowling Green roster with a 13.4 ppg average, adding a team high-tying 7.6 rpg mark with his 75 blocked shots, which is 30 more than Black's second-place total. Parker owns a 12.9 ppg average with 5.3 rpg, and Jehvon Clarke nets 12.5 ppg with a team-high 4.9 apg total. Anthony Henderson rounds out the double-digit scorers on the team with 11.1 ppg.
The last time these teams met on the court was at Kent State, which turned into a narrow Golden Flashes victory. Even though this game is at Bowling Green, the Falcons haven't been playing well enough on offense to put up enough points to slow any team down.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kent State 71, Bowling Green 62
02/26 10:35:24 ET