On Wednesday afternoon Kent State played its second to last non-conference game with a hard fought contest versus North Carolina A&T and defeated the Aggies 61-60. The Golden Flashes have been led this season by juniors Jimmy Hall and Kellon Thomas. They both have played almost 30 minutes a game or 3/4 of each game. The duo combines to score 28 of the 75 the Golden Flashes average a game and this afternoon was no different.
It was the third road win for the Golden Flashes on the young season. They have played close games on the road losing to Southern Illinois by three and to Pittsburgh by nine. The Golden Flashes led by 32-28 at halftime and Xavier Pollard led the way with eight first half points. It was game filled with new faces as the Flashes had two new starters Pollard, as mentioned above, and Deon Edwin.
Edwin and Pollard showed great things for the new lineup as they combined for 17 points 14 rebounds five assists and six steals. As you can see from the total stat lines not only we're they helpful on the offensive end but on the defensive end as well forcing 11 turnovers from the Aggies. The Golden Flashes battled foul trouble for most of the game as they had total 20 fouls. They had five players with three or more fouls so it's something to watch as conference play starts next week.
The Aggies were led by Ede Egharevba, who gave the Aggies an ultimate effort of 15 points doing most of his damage from behind the three point line making three of five from beyond the arc. Other key contributors for the aggies were Joshea Singleton and Ahmed Abdullah who had 14 points and 11 points respectably. The teams were virtually identical on field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free throws and rebounds. This was reflected in the score as it took a Thomas jumper with less than 30 seconds left to give the Flashes the victory.
Going forward, the non-conference schedule finally comes to a close with Kent State playing Division III Oberlin at home and then face Western Michigan on the road on Tuesday night to begin MAC play. The theme of the season so far is still trying to figure out the middle of the MAC. There are still a bunch of teams jumbled together with everyone having at least a .500 record or better besides Western Michigan.