January 28, 2009

Flashes end skid with win over EMU

Looking to break a three-game losing streak, lowly Eastern Michigan (3-17, 1-5) was just what the doctor ordered for Kent State as the Flashes prevailed, 68-46, Tuesday night in front of 2,447 at the M.A.C. Center.

Both teams got off to very slow starts. Foul trouble limited the Eagles' most explosive player, forward Brandon Bowdry, to two points in five first half minutes.

Bowdry showed up after halftime, chipping in 10 second half points for the Eagles.

Northeast Ohio native Justin Dobbins had a productive homecoming by leading the Eagles in scoring with 19 points, but aside from Bowdry's resurgence, he didn't get much help.

Flashes forward Chris Singletary also got into early foul trouble and was never able to get things going.

"[Singletary] had a tough game, he didn't play well tonight," Flashes coach Geno Ford said. "He got in foul trouble early…and it's hard to get in a flow or a rhythm when your in the game for a couple minutes and then you sit down and then your back in and back out."

Fortunately for Ford, Singletary, and the rest of the Flashes, senior guard Jordan Mincy had a big game.

Mincy was 6-of-11 from the field, good for 13 points in addition to his four assists.

"Mincy was fantastic," Ford said. "He gave us a lot of life."

Eagles' head coach Charles Ramsey wasn't surprised by Mincy's breakout performance.

"If the call is for him to score and the opportunity is there, then Mincy is going to take advantage of that and that's what he did tonight," he said.

The Flashes led by six points at the half, but jumped ahead when play resumed by simply making more shots.

The Flashes went from 11-of-31 (35.5-percent) in the first half to 14-of-28 (50-percent) in the second half.

"In the second half, for as bad as we shot in the first half, we kept playing hard…and our shots fell," Ford said.

Flashes' guard Al Fisher added 17 points and junior guard Tyree Evans picked his game up as well, finishing with 15 points, nine of which came off of the three 3-pointers he made in the second half.

Kent (9-11, 2-4) resumes MAC West play Saturday at Western Michigan (7-12, 4-2).

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