The Flashes fell to Princeton on Saturday afternoon in heartbreaking fashion. Kent State came into this one struggling and looking for a rebound win. Unfortunately they fell short of what would have been their biggest non-conference victory of the year.
Both teams came out of the gate a little bit rusty missing the first four shots of the game. The Tigers would make their move about ten minutes into the first half when Spencer Weisz knocked down a huge three, giving the Tigers a four point lead. They would extend that lead all the way to 38-23 but Darren Goodson hit a momentum changing three as time expired to cut the halftime deficit to 12.
In the second half Devareaux Manley took over the game scoring 14 of his 17 points. The Flashes would go on a 23-13 run late in the second half off of 11 straight points by Manley to give the Flashes the lead back with three and a half minutes to go. Unfortunately the Flashes could not get the free throws to fall down the stretch and it cost them dearly. After that run the only two points the Flashes would put up were on free throws but they missed four in the last minute of the game. The Flashes would also miss their last five field goal attempts.
Will Barrett led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points while the Flashes shut down T.J Bray who only scored 11.
Overall, this was an uplifting effort all around from the Flashes. It is disappointing that they were not able to finish this one off, however they were down 12 against the best team to date on their schedule at half. The fact that they were able to crawl back into it is a positive note. They played a much better second half than first half, which is something we have not seen from this team since early December.
The next game for the Flashes will be on Wednesday, January 8th against the Ohio Bobcats (9-3) at the MAC Center. That will be the MAC opener for both teams and it will be broadcast on ESPN3.