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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: MAC Center (7,156) -- Kent, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Princeton 0-2, Kent State 3-2. Away Record: Princeton 2-2, Kent State 2-0. Neutral Record: Princeton 0-0, Kent State 0-0. Conference Record: Princeton 0-0, Kent State 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Kent State Golden Flashes will try to tame the Tigers when Princeton visits the MAC Center for non-conference action on Saturday.
Mitch Henderson's Tigers suffered a tough 48-42 overtime loss at Wagner their last time out, which dropped their record to 2-4. The setback came after a 19- point win over the Patriot League's Lafayette Leopards, which ended a three- game losing streak. Princeton's games this season have mostly been low-scoring as it averages only 57 points per game and allows 58.7 ppg.
Kent State is coming off an 85-79 overtime win at Youngstown State. The victory was the third in a row for the Golden Flashes, who are now sporting a 5-2 record. KSU took down Bethune-Cookman and Nebraska prior to freezing out the Penguins. Coach Rob Senderoff's team lost to two formidable opponents in Temple (80-66) and Valparaiso (88-83) earlier in the season. The Golden Flashes are adept on the offensive end with an average of 76.4 ppg, but they are allowing opponents to net 71.3 ppg on the other end of the floor.
This will be the first meeting on the hardwood between these schools.
Princeton's lack of production was apparent versus Wagner as it converted only 29.8 percent of its field goal attempts to score 42 points in a contest that extended into overtime. The Tigers managed to make only 2-of-14 from distance, missed seven of their 13 attempts at the charity stripe, and finished the contest with 18 as well. However, Princeton is not going to be an easy out this season as it is quite stingy on the defensive end, which was also clear its last time out as Wagner shot just 36.4 percent from the field and turned the ball over 21 times. 2011-12 First-team All-Ivy League forward Ian Hummer is leading the Ivy League squad with 16 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Will Barrett is second in scoring with 9.7 ppg.
Kent State's winning streak was in danger its last time out. It trailed by two points at halftime and went back and forth with its Horizon League foe for much of the second half. Youngstown State forced an overtime period with a pair of free throws with just over a minute remaining. Fortunately for Senderoff, his team converted 8-of-9 attempts at the charity stripe in the extra session to hang on for the win. KSU's perimeter defense limited the Penguins to 4-of-20 shooting from beyond the arc in the contest. Senior forward Chris Evans recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds and senior guard Randal Holt added 21 points to provide the leadership needed to take care of business. Evans (18.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and Holt (16 ppg) are the team's leading scorers on a regular basis as well.
The Golden Flashes will have to be disciplined on both ends versus the Tigers. Princeton's patented offense can only be stopped if the defense maintains focus throughout the entire possession. Kent State will not get as many possessions as it normally does, which makes shot selection a very important factor to the outcome of this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kent State 67, Princeton 58
12/01 10:31:12 ET
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