Kent State (8-2) at College of Charleston (5-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 21, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena/John Kresse Court (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: MyTV. Home Record: Kent State 7-1, CofC 3-3. Away Record: Kent State 1-1, CofC 1-1. Neutral Record: Kent State 0-0, CofC 1-2. Conference Record: Kent State 0-0, CofC 0-0. Series Record: College of Charleston leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: Coming off a seven-point loss against Bucknell 17 days ago, the Kent State Golden Flashes get back to action this afternoon when they take on the College of Charleston.
The Golden Flashes just had the longest break in program history following the 66-59 defeat to Bucknell on Dec. 4. Darren Goodson tallied 18 points and Kris Brewer had 11 for Kent State, which shot an abysmal 37.1 percent from the field, including 7-of-28 from 3-point range. Mark Henniger grabbed a career- high 12 rebounds in defeat, as the Golden Flashes had a seven-game win streak stopped.
A win today would give Kent State its first 9-2 start since the 2007-08 season. That was the last time the Golden Flashes made the NCAA Tournament.
Although the Golden Flashes are second in the MAC in scoring at 77.9 points per game, they don't have one top-20 scorer from the conference on the club. That's because Kent State gets huge contributions from its bench at more than 17 points per game. Starters Derek Jackson and Brewer both average 11.4 points, while Goodson (10.5 ppg) is the other player averaging double-digit scoring on a team that has thrived at the foul line by making nearly 75 percent of its attempts. Henniger is averaging 9.2 ppg and is among the top-10 in the country in foul shooting at 95 percent. He also paces the Golden Flashes with 5.2 rebounds per game.
The College of Charleston is at the opposite end having averaged 62.2 points per game. That is 328th in the country. They haven't reached the 60-point plateau in six of their 11 games thus far. The Cougars earned a 51-44 win at Old Dominion on Wednesday. Willis Hall paced all scorers with 14 points. Anthony Thomas added 10 points of Charleston, which has won three of its last four contests.
Guard Canyon Barry, son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, paces the Cougars with 10.6 points per game. Forward Aejehi Baru is second with 10.4 points and is second on the team in rebounding at 7.5 per game. Anthony Stitt (9.8 ppg) and Hall (9.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg) are also part of the starting lineup. Freshman guard Johnathan Burroughs-Cook got his first start in the ODU game, but went scoreless.
This is a rematch of the Feb. 18, 2012 BracketBuster matchup, which was won by the Cougars at Cleveland State (80-73). Expect Charleston's defense to play a key role in keeping this game tight. The Cougars may be one of the lowest scoring teams in the country, but they're also holding squads to under 65 points a game. A win today would be the 500th for the College of Charleston since becoming a Division I program in 1991-92.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: College of Charleston 68, Kent State 67
12/21 10:31:19 ET