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December 1, 2008Kent State became the 28th consecutive team to lose to the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Field House.
The Golden Flashes entered Monday night's game averaging just 10.8 turnovers per game, but nearly doubled that number against the defending national champions. Kansas scored 31 points off those turnovers in their 87-60 victory in front of 16,300 Rock Chalk, Jayhawk chanting fans.
"We came in averaging eight to nine turnovers a game and then turned the ball over 14 times in the first half," said Kent State head coach Geno Ford. "It was a combination of a couple of things. I thought they played hard and really defended well in the first half."
The Jayhawks defended so well that Kent State's leading scorer, Al Fisher didn't score until the final moments of the first half. Fisher finished the night just 2-of-11 for five points. Fisher entered the night averaging 19 points per contest.
"They did a great job of denying Al the ball and he was a little leg weary after playing three games in four days, but the reality is you have to tee it up when its time," Ford said.
Kent State (3-3) pulled to within 11 points in the second half, but that's when Sherron Collins heated up. Collins scored 16 of his game-high 19 points in the final 20 minutes of play. He finished 6-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
In all, Kansas (5-1) converted 32-of-36 free throw attempts.
"Usually the more aggressive and more physical teams are going to get more whistles and they really pound the ball inside," Ford said. "We played hard and played physical. In the second half we started grinding out a few possessions here and there."
The loss was the third straight for Kent State. The Golden Flashes return to action on Thursday when they host St. Mary's at the M.A.C. Center.
Officials: Steve Welmer, Tom O'Neill, David Hall