November 16, 2009

Flashes lose wild one in OT

KENT, Ohio - Green Bay guard Bryquis Perine hit a three-pointer as time expired in overtime Sunday and the Phoenix defeated the Golden Flashes, 87-86, in overtime in a wild game at the M.A.C. Center.

The Perine three was the end of a bizarre sequence that initially looked like the Golden Flashes would win the game. With 2.3 seconds left, Green Bay threw a pass from the baseline to the half court area where KSU guard Tyree Evans caught the pass, only to have the ball trickle free to a wide open Perine on the sideline. The ball may have gone out of bounds prior to that, and there was certainly contact on Evans as he landed with the basketball.

"I thought that Tyree had caught it and was kind of surprised when the ball squirted free," Kent State head coach Geno Ford said. "From there, it's tough to say. It was one of those unfortunate endings to a game that you hate to lose."

The game saw Green Bay take a 15-point lead with 18 minutes left in the second half, only to see the Golden Flashes storm back. It took a while though, because Green Bay held a double-digit lead until the 8:07 mark when Evans hit two free throws to draw to 61-69. An Evans three-pointer tied the game at 76 with just less than two minutes remaining in regulation. A Chris Singletary lay-up with two seconds left sent the game to the extra session. After Rod Sherman drove for a lay-up, and an apparent game winner, Green Bay hit the last second bomb.

Green Bay outplayed the Golden Flashes for the first 30 minutes of the game. The three guard group of Perine, Rahmon Fletcher and Troy Cotton combined to shoot 25-45 from the floor for 55-percent, with 62 of Green Bay's 87 points.

"Those three guards are all terrific," Ford said. "They made shots, got the ball in the paint and found open guys. They dominated the game."

Sophomore Justin Greene turned in a strong performance for the Golden Flashes. The Bronx, N.Y., native had career-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals.

"Offensively, he was great in the low post," Ford said. "He typically is for us down there. We have done a bad job of getting him the ball, and we really tried to clean that up for today's game. I thought the perimeter guys did an excellent job of getting it to him, and he did a great job of finishing."

Green Bay head coach Tod Kowalczyk was happy to get the win and felt his team deserved to be victorious on Sunday evening.

"That was as good of a college basketball game as I think you'll ever see," he said. "Two teams that played their absolute hearts out. I thought our execution throughout the course of the game deserved to win us the game. Low and behold, the basketball gods found a way to answer for us."

Kent State will next be in action on Wednesday night at Youngstown State. It is a doubleheader with the women's team. The men should tip off around 7:35 p.m.

Game Notes:

  • Justin Greene had a career-high 20 points (previous career best was 11 in the opener vs. Samford)
  • First 20-point game by a KSU post player since Brandon Parks had 22 vs Western Carolina (Dec. 6, 2008)
  • Rod Sherman set a career high for points (18) for the second straight night
  • Just the second time in Sherman's career he has had back-to-back double digit games. (Freshman year at Ohio 2/24/07 - 10 points and at Bowling Green 3/1/07 - 14 points)
  • Fifth time Tyree Evans has made five three-pointers in a game
  • Four KSU players in double figures for the first time this season
  • The Golden Flashes played five overtime game last season - the most in school history
Hispanic College Fund Classic All-Tournament Team
Trey Montgomery - Samford
Elijah Millsap - UAB
Howard Crawford - UAB
Rahmon Fletcher - Green Bay
Tyree Evans - Kent State
MVP - Rod Sherman - Kent State

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