Kent State Back In Action At Home Against Furman On Friday Night
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Winners of 10 straight in the historic M.A.C. Center, Kent State (3-1) looks to continue its home court dominance when Furman (2-0) pays a visit on Friday night. The contest marks the fifth game in a span of eight days for the Golden Flashes which tipped-off the 2010-11 season by playing four games in five days. Having a full two days off before Friday's match-up should feel like an extended vacation for Kent State.
In front of a nationally televised ESPN audience at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the Golden Flashes won their home opener for the fifth consecutive season with a come-from behind 62-59 win over two-time defending Northeast Conference champion Robert Morris.
The reigning MAC East Player of the Week, junior forward Justin Greene again led the team with 20 points, including 11 in the second half to help Kent State erase a 12-point half time deficit. Greene also secured 12 rebounds for his second double-double in four games this season. The Mid-American Conference Player of the Year candidate is averaging 18.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game this season. Sophomore guard Randal Holt also delivered for the Golden Flashes matching a career high with 12 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 29 seconds remaining. Junior center Justin Manns was a key factor in the Kent State comeback as he record all of his stats in the game's final 20 minutes posting six points, five rebounds and a game changing three blocked shots. His blocked shot with 12:29 remaining led directly to a fast break dunk by freshman Eric Gaines that ranked as SportsCenter's No. 7 Play of the Day on Wednesday.
Furman enters the game wth a 2-0 record following a 69-67 win over UNC Asheville on Tuesday night. Amu Saaka, a 6-6 senior forward leads the squad with 16.0 ppg, including 14 in Tuesday's win. One of the most experienced teams in the country, the Paladins not only return all five starters, but did not lose a single letterwinner from last year's team that went 13-17 and 7-11 in the Southern Conference.
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Next Up For Kent State
Kent State heads back to Cleveland on Tuesday night to face Urbana at the Wolstein Center.
• The Golden Flashes have won 10 straight at home and own a 147-23 (.864) record in the building over the last 12 years.
• Justin Greene was named MAC East Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career on Monday.
• Kent State has yet to be outrebounded through the first four games and owns a +8.2 rebound per game (45.0 - 36.8) advantage on the glass.
• The Golden Flashes have held their last two opponents to just 8-41 (19.5 percent) from three.
• The Golden Flashes matched a single-game school record with eight blocked shots against Cleveland State then had six in the win over Robert Morris on Tuesday. Kent State, which is averaging 5.0 blocks per game, had 91 blocks all of last season.
Furman Series Notes
• This is the first series between the two schools.
• The Golden Flashes went 3-0 against the Southern Conference last season posting wins over Western Carolina, Wofford and Samford. Kent State is 10-2 all-time against the current line-up.
Ford and Senderoff To Take Part In Shots From The Heart Free Throw Challenge
• Kent State Head Coach Geno Ford and Associate Head Coach Rob Senderoff have been selected to participate in CollegeInsider.com's 'Shots from the Heart,' free throw competition to help raise awareness for heart disease. Starting the week of Nov. 15, college basketball coaches from across the country will compete against one another in a free throw shooting tournament, to benefit the American Heart Association. The event also pays tribute to legendary coach Skip Prosser who passed away on July 26, 2007 of a heart attack.
• There will be two 64-coach fields (one for head coaches and one for assistant coaches). Participating coaches will compete in a free throw shooting contest, which will be bracketed in NCAA tournament format. Coaches will not have to actually compete against each other on the same court. Each coach will shoot 25 free throws at his convenience. A member of the athletic department will tally the results and the coach with the most makes would advance. To avoid ties, 1-20 shots made are worth one point, shots 21-24 are worth two points and shot 25 is worth three points.