GAME NOTES: The Miami-Ohio RedHawks look to duplicate the strong performance
they put on over the weekend as they clash with the Kent State Golden Flashes
for Mid-American Conference action at the M.A.C. Center.
Miami owns a sizeable 86-44 all-time series lead versus Kent State, but the
Golden Flashes have won the last three encounters in the rivalry. This will be
the first time these schools take the floor against one another this season
with a rematch scheduled for March 2, in Oxford.
The RedHawks suffered their sixth loss in seven games on Saturday in
heartbreaking fashion as they surrendered a double-digit halftime lead against
the conference leading Akron Zips before sustaining a 54-50 loss. The setback
downed their league record to 3-7, which put them in sole possession of last
place in the East Division standings.
Coach John Cooper's unit shot 41.7 percent from the floor while limiting the
Zips to only 39.6 percent accuracy on their field goals. Allen Roberts had his
third straight strong showing with 11 points. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson
scored a 10 points, while Drew McGhee tallied 10 points and six boards in 21
minutes off the bench.
Miami is averaging 4.3 points less than its opposition this season. The
RedHawks are normally one of the most generous teams in the MAC, allowing 69.0
ppg on 47.4 percent shooting from the field. Roberts is leading Miami with
12.9, while Felder (11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Johnson (9.1 ppg) are both capable
of lighting up the scoreboard on occasion.
Rob Senderoff's Golden Flashes picked up their second win in three outings on
Saturday as they coasted past Central Michigan in an 87-72 victory at home,
where they are now 8-6 on the campaign. The triumph placed KSU at a 13-11
overall record and in a three-way tie for third place in the East Division
standings with a 4-6 mark in league action. The Golden Flashes are led
primarily by the dynamic duo of Chris Evans and Randal Holt. Evans is posting
team-highs of 16.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game, while
converting at the high-rate of 49.4 percent from the floor. Holt is shooting
only 35.0 percent from the field to net 14.1 ppg. The tandem has helped KSU to
the third-highest scoring offense (70.5) in the conference, but it is just a
middle of the road team on the other end of the court with an allowed average
of 67.7 ppg.
In the win over CMU, Evans scored 19 points to lead all five starters in
double figures for the Kent State. Darren Goodson added 18 points, Kris Brewer
tallied 16 points and seven assists, Randal Holt contributed 15 points and
Mark Henniger chipped in 10 points in the collective effort. The Golden
Flashes pumped in 11-of-22 shots from beyond the arc and outscored Central
Michigan, 28-22, in the paint.
Miami's strong effort against Akron went to waste as it crumbled over the
final 20 minutes. It will need another strong effort as it goes on the road
into the M.A.C. Center against the Golden Flashes, who seem to be gaining
momentum at a perfect time for a late run.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kent State 70, Miami-Ohio 65