KENT, OHIO – The Kent State Golden Flashes improved their record to 3-1 on the young basketball season as they led from wire-to-wire, defeating the Red Flash of Saint Francis (PA) 79-60 Tuesday night at the MAC Center.
Junior Jimmy Hall led a balanced KSU attack with 16 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while senior transfer Xaver Pollard came off the bench to add 11 points with three assists and a steal.
KSU used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to break open a close game and take complete control. The closest the visitors from the Northeast Conference would get was seven points, 34-27, on a jumper by Greg Brown. He led SFU and all scorers in the contest with 21 points, 16 of them coming in the first 20 minutes.
The Golden Flashes pushed the lead out to 11 points at halftime and were never headed.
“We played well in the first half, but then really turned up the intensity coming out of halftime and extending the lead.” Senderoff said.
At the start of the second half, five consecutive points by freshman Jaylin Walker ended any hopes of a comeback from the Red Flash. KSU started to pull away, building as much as a 25-point lead midway through the second half before winning by 19 to remain a perfect 3-0 at home.
After a break for Thanksgiving, the Flashes begin a three-game road trip late Saturday afternoon as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers from the ACC.