Golden Flashes Go For Win No. 500 In The M.A.C. Center On Saturday Against Central Michigan
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Kent State (14-7; 5-2) hosts Central Michigan (6-15; 3-5) on ESPNU in a Hall of Fame Day doubleheader this Saturday looking to extend a three-game winning streak and stay amongst the leaders in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes are going after their 500th home win in the M.A.C. Center which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this season. Following the game the Kent State women's basketball team will host Western Michigan at 7:30 p.m.
After Wednesday's game at Western Michigan was postponed, Kent State begins the day a half-game back of Buffalo (6-2) and Bowling Green (6-2) in the MAC East Division race.
Junior forward Justin Greene picked up his league leading and school record fifth MAC East Player of the Week award this season on Monday afternoon after recording a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-55 win over Toledo on Sunday. In addition to being ranked fifth in the league in scoring (15.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (7.6 rpg) he is fifth in blocked shots (1.3 bpg) and 16th in steals (1.2 spg) making him the only player in the MAC ranked in the top 16 in all four categories.
Having now won five of the last six games, the Golden Flashes were also aided by a pair of all-around performances from juniors Carlton Guyton and Michael Porrini. Guyton, who had 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals in the win, is averaging 9.4 points per game off the bench in the five games since his return to the line-up. Porrini had himself another busy afternoon with 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. The 6'2" guard leads the team in assists (4.1 apg) and steals (2.0 spg) while ranking second in rebounding (4.3 rpg).
Central Michigan ended a three-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 91-85 win over Ohio. Trey Zeigler had 24 points in the win and leads the with 17.3 points per game this season. The Chippewas have lost seven straight and are 1-9 on the road.
TV / Radio
ESPNU (Mark Adams & Dan Gutowsky)
WNIR 100.1 FM (Ty Linder)
Next Up For Kent State
Kent State hosts Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.
• Kent State is 499-248 all-time at the M.A.C. Center, which ranks as the 19th oldest arena in the nation.
• Including the MAC Tournament, Kent State has won 19 straight games against MAC West opponents. The last loss was a 56-51 defeat at Toledo on Feb. 2, 2008.
• Kent State has won its last 10 home games against MAC opponents and owns a 60-6 (.909) home record against league competition since the start of the 2003-04 season.
• During MAC play the Golden Flashes lead the league with 9.6 steals per game and have swiped at least 10 in each of the last four games.
• Michael Porrini leads the team with 41 steals (2.0 spg) and has recorded 11 games this season with three or more steals.
Kent State - Central Mich. Series Notes
• Kent State leads the all-time series 40-39.
• The Golden Flashes have won nine straight and 16 of the past 17 meetings. The lone loss during the stretch came in the 2003 MAC Championship game.
• The Golden Flashes' have not lost at home to Central Michigan since Feb. 26, 1997.
• Kent State is 23-9 at home in the series.
Recapping Toledo (1/30/11)
Kent State 72 - Toledo 55
Kent State led from start to finish after scoring the first seven points of the game on the way to a 19th straight win over a MAC West opponent.
Junior forward Justin Greene finished with game highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.
Kent State has won 12 straight games and are 12-1 all-time when Justin Greene scores at least 20 points.
Kent State is 9-2 this year when Greene leads the team in scoring.