Kent State Travels To Buffalo On Wednesday Night Looking To Keep Pace On Top Of The MAC East Division
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Coming of its first road win of the season, Kent State (11-6; 2-1) looks to make it two straight and keep pace atop a crowded Mid-American Conference East Division on Wednesday night at Buffalo (9-6; 1-2). Heading into Wednesday's action the Golden Flashes are one of three teams tied for first with a 2-1 record while the Bulls are tied with two other school just one game back at 1-2.
In a 69-66 victory at Ohio on Saturday night a game-high of 18 points and eight rebounds by junior forward Justin Greene helped Kent State put to rest a six-game road losing streak and win its second straight overall Greene, who also contributed 17 points last week against Bowling Green was tagged the MAC East Player of the Week for the fourth time this season on Monday. In two games he averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Golden Flashes were the only East team to post a 2-0 record last week.
Rodriquez Sherman, Kent State's only senior on the roster, added 13 points in the win, including a late game steal and lay-up with 10 seconds left that helped seal the victory. One of the top three-point (5th; 39.6 percent) and free throw (6th; 82.1 percent) shooters in the league, Sherman is averaging a team best 16.0 points over the last six games.
Buffalo pulled out a 73-70 win over Akron in the closing minutes on Sunday for its first MAC victory of the season. The Bulls have won two of their last four games and are led by junior guard Zach Filzen with 15.5 points per game.
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Next Up For Kent State
Kent State wraps up the first wave of MAC East play on Sunday, January 23 as the Golden Flashes return home to face Miami. The 2:00 p.m. game will be broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio.
• The Golden Flashes have allowed over 70 points just once in the last eight games holding the opposition to 62.9 ppg during the stretch. Buffalo (73.5) ranks second in the MAC in scoring and has scored over 70 in eight of its last nine games.
• Kent State is one of the top defensive teams in the MAC ranking second in field goal percentage defense (.408) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.311). Buffalo meanwhile ranks first in both categories shooting .480 from the field and .377 from three.
• Kent State is averaging 41.0 points in the paint the last two games. The Golden Flashes have won seven straight and are 9-1 this season when scoring at least 30 points in the paint.
• Kent State (13.8) is the top offensive rebounding team in the league. The Golden Flashes are averaging 14.5 second chance points in the last four games.
Kent State - Buffalo Series Notes
• Kent State has a 23-6 lead in the all-time series.
• Buffalo has won the last two games at home in the series and five of the six wins have come at Alumni Arena.
Recapping Ohio (1/15/11)
Kent State 69 - Ohio 66
• After Kent State trailed by three (66-63) with 1:35 left, Carlton Guyton hit two go-ahead free throws with 24 seconds left. Guyton finished with nine points in 28 minutes after missing the previous five games to a suspension.
• Rodriquez Sherman (13 points) made a steal and lay-up with 10 seconds left that helped seal the win.
• Justin Greene led all scorers with 18 points and eight rebounds.
• Kent State had 42 points in the paint and is averaging 41.0 in the last two games.
• Kent State has won seven straight and is 9-1 this year when scoring at least 30 points in the paint.
Sherman The MAC's Active Wins Leader
• With 83 wins to his credit Kent State senior guard Rodriquez Sherman has won more games than any other active player in the Mid-American Conference.
• Sherman has been just as successful in league play posting a 40-11 during his time in the Blue and Gold.
• A fifth-year senior, Sherman has helped led the Golden Flashes to regular season titles the last two years he has suited up in 2007-08 and 2009-10. A knee-injury suffered in the 2008 MAC Championship game required surgery and forced him to take a medical red-shirt in 2008-09. Without him in the line-up, Kent State finished 19-15 overall and tied for third in the East at 10-6.
Player of the Week Awards Piling Up for Greene
• Junior forward Justin Greene was named the MAC East Player of the Week for the fourth time this season on Jan. 17 after leading the Golden Flashes to a 2-0 record with 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
• Greene's four POW awards equal a Kent State single season record first accomplished by Al Fisher (2007-08) and matched by Chris Singletary (2009-10).
• Greene, who was named the POW three times last season, now has seven career awards to his credit which also match a Kent State record held by Al Fisher (2007-09).