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Kent State Outlasts College of Charleston In Defensive Battle

Despite missing 11 free throws, being outshot, and being thoroughly outrebounded, the Flashes survived in South Carolina with a big non-conference victory.

Rob Senderoff's team is 9-2 and rolling.
Rob Senderoff's team is 9-2 and rolling.
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Charleston, SC - The College of Charleston was looking to ride their hot streak into Saturday night's contest at TD Arena while Kent State was looking to bounce back from their loss against Bucknell earlier this month.

The first half was about as ugly as you can get. Both teams shot the ball under 25% and the Cougars' size got the best of the Flashes. The second field goal the Flashes hit in the first half came 9:05 into the contest. With six seconds to go in the first, Devin Carter, who has played in very limited minutes this year, knocked down a huge three pointer to give the Flashes a 17-16 edge going into the half.

The second half was the exact opposite of the first half. Both teams combined for 33 points in the first half while Kent State posted 41 and College of Charleston put up 38 in the second half. A Joe Chealey layup with 14 seconds left cut the Flashes lead to one, but that was as close as the Cougars would get as Kent State eased away with a 58-54 victory.

Kris Brewer and Darren Goodson continued to carry the load for the Flashes with twenty and ten points respectively while Derek Jackson led the team on the boards with nine rebounds. Willis Hall and Anthony Thomas put up 27 combined points and 17 rebounds for the Cougars.

Next up for Kent State is a home matchup against Cleveland State followed by a trip to New Jersey to face the Princeton Tigers. Conference play starts January 8th at home for the Flashes against the Ohio Bobcats.