December 29, 2007

Strong start propels Flashes to victory over Vikings

Last year at this time, Kent State was a fledgling team hovering around the .500 mark. Losses to Horizon League foes Youngstown State and Cleveland State raised doubt among many as to whether the Flashes could continue its consecutive streak of 20-win seasons.

What a difference a year makes.

The Flashes dominated Cleveland State, 84-69, Saturday at the M.A.C. Center improving their record to 10-2 on the season, halfway to a tenth straight season of 20 wins or more before conference play even begins.

"I came into the game feeling they are one of the best teams in the (Mid-American Conference) and I still feel the same way," Cleveland State coach Gary Waters said. "Because they have a lot of pieces and when you have a lot pieces you can shoot the ball, you can handle the ball. They have a lot of things."

From the opening tip Waters witnessed all those "pieces" at work. Within a minute of action Kent State senior forward Haminn Quaintance had two blocked shots and sophomore guard Rodriquez Sherman had three assists as he found senior Mike Scott and junior guard Al Fisher for 3-pointers, as well as Quaintance for a two-handed slam.

Quickly trailing 8-0, Waters took a timeout that didn't seem to slow the Flashes at all. Quaintance found Sherman for a basket. Fisher found sophomore Mike McKee for a 3-pointer and sophomore guard Chris Singletary stroked a 3. With the score 23-9, the game was already out of reach for the Vikings.

"They outplayed us in every phase in the game of basketball and I am one of the guys that accept that when that happens," Waters said.

The former Kent State head coach didn't have much of a choice. The Flashes shot nearly 70-percent from the field in the first half as they blazed eight 3-pointers (8-12) on the way to a 23-point halftime lead.

"They gave us a spankin' last year," Scott said. "So we just came in with a little extra motivation."

After struggling mightily against IPFW Dec. 20, the Flashes may not have needed much more. Fisher said the Flashes had "three great days of practice" preparing for the Vikings and it showed on the court. Fisher was one of four Flashes who scored in double figures with 15 points. He also recorded a double-double with 10 assists.



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Attendance: 3,576







































































































PlayersMinFG3PFTReboundsPFATOBSPts
K. Francis 24 1-4 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 2 0 1 2
G. Tandy 23 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 6 8 3 0 0 2 2 6
C. Jackson 22 2-8 1-3 7-12 1 0 1 5 2 4 0 3 12
B. Watson 21 1-3 0-2 1-4 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 3
J. Bullock 20 3-7 0-2 2-3 1 2 3 3 0 2 0 0 8
J. Davis 20 5-8 1-3 1-3 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 12
D. Brown 19 3-6 0-1 4-4 3 3 6 4 0 2 0 1 10
R. Fields 19 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 3 5 3 1 1 1 0 0
N. Cole 14 1-3 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 5
C. Moore 11 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 1 3
E. Schiele 4 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Weaver 3 2-3 2-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8
Team Rebounds
1

Totals
Shooting Pct.
20022-52
42.3
4-17
23.5
21-35
60.0
1221342671641169


Technical Fouls: C. Jackson






































































































PlayersMinFG3PFTReboundsPFATOBSPts
M. Scott 33 5-10 3-5 4-8 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 0 17
A. Fisher 31 4-8 2-3 5-6 1 3 4 3 10 2 0 0 15
H. Quaintance 30 7-9 0-0 3-6 2 6 8 1 2 3 2 1 17
M. McKee 28 3-6 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 1 0 2 9
C. Singletary 24 2-5 2-3 5-10 1 3 4 2 4 2 0 4 11
R. Woods 14 3-6 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 1 7
J. Mincy 12 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 1 3 1 4 0 0 2
R. Sherman 11 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 1 0 0 4
J. Sullinger 8 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
I. Knight 4 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1
G. Garcia 3 0-1 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
B. Parks 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Rebounds
4

Totals
Shooting Pct.
20027-48
56.3
11-22
50.0
19-38
50.0
1129442222163884

Technical Fouls: M. Scott


Officials:
Archibald Whaley, Jon Ferrari, Frank Spencer




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