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Ohio Bobcats Survive a Scare Late In Kent, Down Flashes 59-53

After a slow start for the Flashes, Kent State was able to rally back only to drop another tough game in the closing minutes to the Ohio Bobcats.

A big dunk in the second half by Maurice Ndour sealed the Flashes fate.
A big dunk in the second half by Maurice Ndour sealed the Flashes fate.
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Both teams entered this game headed in different directions. Ohio came in winning three straight and losing only three games in non conference play to good competition. Kent State, after a hot start, came into this contest headed in a different direction losing three of their last four. That trend continued tonight.

Both teams went back in forth in the first half. Ohio had a one point lead with a little more than five minutes to play in the first half however, the Bobcats finished the half on an 8-2 run.

In the second half, it would be the Golden Flashes who would come out hot. A pair of Devareaux Manley free throws would cut the lead to two in the first three minutes. Another Manley three pointer would put the Flashes ahead by two inside 13 minutes. A four minute and sixteen second scoring drought sandwiched between two Nick Kellogg field goals in the middle of the second half allowed the Flashes to extend their lead to 3. Both teams went back and forth before a Travis Wilkins three pointer with 6:08 remaining would give Ohio the lead, and this time, for good.

For the Bobcats, Kellogg led the way with 19 points while TJ Hall led the team in rebounds with 9. Travis Wilkins also contributed two huge three pointers off the bench for the Bobcats.

Devareaux Manley and Mark Henniger led the way for the Flashes scoring 13 and 12 points respectively. Mark Henniger ripped down seven rebounds for the Flashes and Kris Brewer added seven assists.

Once again, very poor shooting doomed the Flashes as they shot only 28% from the field and went an abysmal 4-22 from beyond the arc. The Bobcats shot just under 40% which was enough to get the job done.

Next up for the Flashes is Ball State (3-9) this Saturday. For the Bobcats, the Akron Zips (9-5) will travel to Athens in a battle of MAC East supremacy.