Men's Basketball Returns To Action On Monday Night Against Louisiana
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Following a six game layoff for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Kent State (2-1) begins a busy week by hosting Louisiana (3-4) on Monday night. The game is schedule for a 7:00 pm start and is the first of three home games this week for the Golden Flashes.
Kent State is looking to rebound from a 57-53 loss to Cleveland State in front of a sold-out crown of 6,327 at the M.A.C. Center last Tuesday night. The Golden Flashes defense forced over 20 turnover for the second consecutive games and held its third opponent in as many games to 60 points or less.
Junior forward Chris Evans led Kent State in scoring for the second consecutive game last Tuesday totaling 14 points and a team high eight rebounds. Having come off the bench the first three games, Evans is shooting 63 percent from the field and is tied for the team lead with 12.3 pointer per game. Senior forward Justin Greene, the reigning MAC Player of the Year, is also averaging 12.3 ppg having reached double figures in all three games. Greene enters Monday's game ranked 8th all-time at Kent State with 619 career rebounds and is averaging a team-high 7.3 rpg this season.
Senior guard Carlton Guyton has had four assists in all three games. Guyton, who had a team high 17 points in the season opening win at West Virginia is averaging in double figures as well with 10.3 ppg.
Louisiana started the season out at the Hilltop Challenge in San Francisco, Calif. going 1-2. The team returned home to host the Beryl Shipley Classic going 2-1 to even its record before an 84-65 loss on Saturday at Duquesne. The Ragin' Cajuns have been led by 6-5 forward J.J. Thomas with 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds and 6-9 forward Kadeem Coleby with 10.4 points and 2.1 blocks per game.
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Next Up For Kent State
The five-game home stand wraps up this week as Kent State hosts Morehead State on Thursday and UAB on Saturday. Both games are at 7:00 pm.
• The Golden Flashes are 160-26 (.864) at home over the last 13 years and have compiled a 504-250 all-time record in the historic building
• Kent State has not allowed an opponent to score more than 60 points this season
• Kent State is forcing an average of 19.3 turnovers per game
• The Golden Flashes are shooting 52 percent and have out scored opponents by an average of 39.7 ppg to 27.3 ppg in the second half
• Kent State has a +5.0 rebounding margin since the start of the second half of the West Virginia game
• The Golden Flashes have made a three-pointer in 399 consecutive games - a streak that dates back to the second game of the 1998-99 season
• Kent State is 16-5 all-time when Michael Porrini scores in double figures (2-0 this season)
• Justin Greene needs three rebounds to move into sole possession of seventh place on Kent State's career rebounding list. He needs nine to move into a tie for sixth place with Eric Glenn (1986-90; 628). Greene enters the game with 619 career rebounds
• Greene is also moving up the career points ladder. Currently 17th with 1,139 he is 34 away from John Whorton (1996-00; 1,173) in 16th place
• Randal Holt needs 10 three-pointers to become the 13th player at Kent State to make 100 three-pointers in a career
Kent State - Louisiana Series Notes
• This is the first ever meeting between the two schools
• Louisiana is the first of two first time opponents for Kent State this year. The Golden Flashes have now played 185 of the current 350 Division I programs in the country
• Kent State is just 1-7 all-time against the current line-up of the Sun Belt having defeated Louisiana at Monroe at home last season