Strong Second Half Leads Akron To 84-75 Win Over Kent State
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Randal Holt leads the Golden Flashes with a career high 27 points
AKRON, Ohio – The Kent State (12-6; 2-3 MAC) men's basketball team was dealt its second road loss of the week on Saturday night falling at Akron (12-7; 4-1 MAC) by a final of 84-75 in front of a capacity crowd of 5,252 at James A. Rhodes Arena. For the second straight game the Golden Flashes put together a solid first half and for the second straight game it wasn't enough as the Zips used a 12-0 run to take the lead, then a 16-4 run to put the game away.
Junior guard Randal Holt (Cleveland, Ohio) led Kent State with a career high 27 points adding three assists and four steals. Holt racked up 14 of his points in the first half shooting 3-3 from beyond the arc to help build a 42-34 halftime advantage for the Golden Flashes. The 42 points marked the sixth time in the last seven games that Kent State have scored 38+ in the first period.
Kent State still led by as many as nine (55-46) seven minutes into the second half following a pair of free throws from freshman guard Kris Brewer (Memphis, Tenn.). Akron, which was just 3-12 from three up to that point, all the sudden found its touch connecting on four straight from beyond the arc over the next two minutes to wipe out the Kent State lead.
Senior forward Justin Greene (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finally ended the Zips spurt with two of his 11 points. The teams would then trade baskets and possessions over the next three minutes before Greene, who also had seven rebounds and three steals, went to the bench with his fourth foul of the game at 8:54. With Greene out, Akron took advantage stringing together a 16-4 run over the five minutes that put the game away.
Nick Harney, who had 10 points to the decisive stretch lead the Zips with 21 points in 14 minutes of action.
Kent State had nine steals and a 19-1 edge in points off turnovers in the first half, but managed just one steals and was out scored 12-2 in the category in the second half.
The Golden Flashes return to action at home on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 pm when they begin the West Division swing against Northern Illinois. For ticket information contact the Kent State Athletics Ticket office at 330-672-2244.
Kent State - Akron Post Game Notes
• Kent State has scored 38+ points in the first half in six of the last seven games
• The first team to score 60 points in the Kent State - Akron rivalry has now won 25 of the last 27 meetings
• Justin Greene scored his 500th career field goal in the game, becoming only the 8th player in school history to reach the milestone
• Randal Holt's 27 points are the most by a Kent State player since Al Fisher had 27 vs Morehead State on Feb. 21, 2009