Kent State Men's Basketball Looks to Bounce Back at Ball State on Saturday
Kent State (9-6, 0-1) seeks its first Mid-American Conference win of the season on Saturday as the team visits Ball State (7-6, 1-0). The Golden Flashes will try to avoid beginning conference play 0-2 for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
Wednesday night's 70-58 loss to Toledo in the conference opener snapped a 31-game winning streak against MAC West Division opponents.
As a team, Kent State enters the contest ranking 3rd in the MAC in scoring (70.5), scoring margin (+2.7), turnover margin (+2.53), and offensive rebounding (13.1).
Senior Chris Evans is among the most versatile players in the MAC this season, leading Kent State in scoring (16.7), rebounding (7.5), steals (28), and blocks (11). Evans, who ranks 2nd in the MAC in scoring, is 2nd on the team in 3-pointers (20) and 3rd in assists (23).
Fellow senior Randal Holt is 9th in the MAC in scoring (13.2) and needs 11 points to crack the top 20 on the school's all-time scoring list. Holt has made a 3-pointer in each game this season and is 2nd in the MAC. Ball State enters with two straight wins coming on its final possession of the game. The Cardinals opened MAC play with a 60-58 win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.
Junior Jesse Berry is the team's top scorer (13.8) and was named MAC West Division Player of the Week after scoring 21 points against Norfolk State a week ago.
Junior Majok Majok is one of just18 players in the nation averaging a double-double (10.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg).
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The Golden Flashes are back on the road and travel to Buffalo on Wed., Jan. 16.
• Kent State's two seniors, Chris Evans (16.7 ppg)& Randal Holt (13.2 ppg), combine to average 29.9 points per game which accounts for 42.5 percent of the Golden Flashes' scoring and is the 3rd highest-scoring duo in the Mid-American Conference this season, trailing Rian Pearson and Julius Brown of Toledo and Jordon Crawford and A'uston Calhoun of Bowling Green
• Holtsits 4th on Kent State's all-time list with 192career three-pointers and is just 8 away from tying Armon Gates and current assistant coach Eric Haut for 2nd
• Evans is one of two playersto rank among the top 10 in the Mid-American Conference in scoring, rebounding, and steals
• Kent State holds a +6.1 advantage in secondchance points per game so far this season. The Flashes are averaging 14.9 second chance points while allowing 8.8 points per game
• The Golden Flashes are averaging 37.1 points inthe second halves of games this season. In the first half, Kent State is averaging just 31.6 points