January 14, 2009

Flashes crank up the heat in win over Falcons

Neither Bowling Green nor the frigid temperatures of Northeast Ohio could cool off Kent State's shooters as the Flashes easily defeated the Falcons, 72-48, Wednesday night at the M.A.C. Center.

With the score tied 33-33 at halftime, the Flashes (8-8, 1-1) caught fire in the second half.

The Flashes shot 55-percent (15-of-27) from the field in the second half and with less than three minutes to go in the game the team was shooting at a 62-percent mark.

Al Fisher, who seems to have rediscovered the play that earned him MAC Player-of-the Year honors last season, led the way for the Flashes with 23 points and seven assists.

"Al made the best decisions he's made all year," Kent State coach Geno Ford said. "He pulled up and shot at the right time. Even the shots he missed were good looks. When Al makes good decisions coming off ball screens, it makes the offense look pretty easy."

Three other Flashes, Anthony Simpson, Chris Singletary and Tyree Evans, also scored in double figures.

Bowling Green (8-7, 1-1) struggled and just couldn't get things going in the second half. The Falcons shot 23-percent (6-of-26) from the field and only managed six points throughout the first 12 minutes of the half.

Steady Falcon shooters like Darryl Clements, Brian Moten and Joe Jakubowski, who usually shoot in the 40-percent range, were a combined 3-of-20 tonight.

"They really had a tough night shooting the ball. There were a lot of possessions where they had really good looks and they just didn't go down," Ford said.

Only forward Chris Knight scored in double figures for the Falcons, ending the night with 15 points.

"We haven't played this bad in the second half all year long," Falcons coach Louis Orr said. "If you shoot 20 three pointers, you got to make more than two of them."

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