December 8, 2007

Flashes pass test with flying colors

If Saturday's game against George Mason was a test to see just how good Kent State is this season, it is safe to say the Golden Flashes received a passing grade. Behind a stifling defense, Kent State held the Patriots to eight second-half field goals and opened up a 20-point lead with seven minutes left before eventually winning 73-55 in front of 4,378 roaring fans at the M.A.C. Center.

The win, which was the fifth consecutive for the Flashes (8-2), came against an opponent who has garnered a lot of attention from the national media as one of this year's top mid-major teams.

"It's a very big game," Kent State coach Jim Christian said. "We are playing a team that has beaten two major college teams already this season that has experienced Final Four players. That's going to be team to beat in their league. They came in with a great resume and (it's) a great RPI game and it was a big game. There is no question about it, it was a big game for both teams."

After turning the ball over 18 times in a sloppy win Tuesday at Youngstown State, the Flashes were a model of consistency on both ends of the court. They had just five turnovers compared to 17 assists. George Mason struggled in those categories as they had 13 turnovers to just eight assists.

"I thought the game really came down to one category and that's assist to turnovers," George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga said. "Kent did a great job of distributing the ball and finding the open man."

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