December 18, 2008

Tyree-fic Debut

Kent--Tyree Evans didn't participate in the post-game interview, but he sure made his presence felt during Kent State's 73-62 win over UNC-Greensboro in front of 2,463 at the M.A.C. Center.

Evans, who played in his first game after sitting out the first semester, scored most of his game-high 21 points in the second half as the Golden Flashes erased a halftime deficit and pulled away from the Spartans for their second consecutive victory.

"(It) felt good to be back, to get on the team," Evans said in a statement released by the university. "There was a little frustration not being able to play the first semester, but I feel good now. I feel like a kid in the candy store right now. We played together as a team, we played good defense. Once we get it going and the team's chemistry come together, losing will not even be in our vocabulary."

Trailing the Spartans (1-7), 32-29 at the break, Kent State (5-5) opened the second half with a 21-5 run started by guard Chris Singletary, who cashed in some quick baskets. Singletary finished with 10 points, 10 assists and eight steals.

"Coming out at halftime we were down so I thought we needed a spark," Singletary said. "Being one of the returning veterans I thought it was my duty to give us that spark. Coach ran some plays that got me the ball in great position and I was able to make some plays."

After Singletary got things ignited for the Flashes, Evans took over, scoring 18 of his 21 points in the second half.

"I felt like I was in that spot. I was very comfortable, I knew I had to play defense," Evans said. " And I had to come back on offense and get guys motivated and score."

With seven minutes left in the game, the Golden Flashes pushed their lead to 20, but the Spartans managed to cut the deficit to single digits with less than five minutes to go. Kent State overcame the UNC-Greensboro rally to put the game in the books.

Brandon Parks was a problem for the Spartans all night long in the post, as he contributed 17 points. Al Fisher chipped in 11 points to give the Golden Flashes four players with double digit scoring.

The Spartans were lead by guard Kendall Toney's 14 points.

GAME NOTES:

  • Chris Singletary equaled a school record with eight steals (Mike Klinzing vs Bowling Green 1/16/91)
  • Singletary recorded his 100th career steal and now has 107 in 69 career games
  • The 10 assists are the most by a KSU player since Al Fisher had 10 against Cleveland State (12/29/07) last season
  • Singletary has now had double digits in 12 straight games
  • Tyree Evans' five threes are the most by a KSU player this season and the most since Mike McKee had five at Eastern Michigan (1/30/08)
  • Brandon Parks is averaging 12.8 points at home this season while shooting 62.7 percent (32-51)
  • Parks is averaging 14.8 points in the last 4 games
  • Kent State has out scored the opposition 35-12 in the second half in points off turnovers the last two games (19-7 tonight).


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