Any good coach knows what they need to do to win games against teams of a certain caliber. When Toledo rolled into Kent Saturday night, Rob Sendoff knew what they were up against. Toledo has one of the best offenses in the MAC, and they are led by Jonathan “Jon Jon” Williams who averages 21 points a game. The Golden Flashes held Williams to just 3-12 from the field, and 0-9 from three point range. Overall, they held the Rockets to 37% from the field which accounted for just 41 of their 61 points.
From the very beginning, Kent State had control of the game. Forward Jimmy Hall Jr. had accounted for nine of their 13 points. Kent State continued to pound the ball inside even when Hall was on the bench. The backup forward, Adonis De La Rosa, kept Toledo out of the paint while Hall was on the bench. This was partially because he’s seven feet tall and weighs 216 pounds, though. Kent State went into halftime with a 38-24 lead. Forward Jimmy Hall and guard Deon Edwin had accounted for as many points in the first half as the entire Toledo offense.
In the beginning of the second half, Toledo still had no answer for Kent State’s attack at the basket. The Golden Flashes pounded it inside all game long. Toledo had drawn seven fouls by the 13:03 mark which would play a role in Toledo’s scoring the rest of the way. The Rockets earned 20 points at the free throw line on the night. The Golden Flashes continued to play their game the rest of the way as did the Rockets until the final buzzer made the score official: 85-61 Kent State.
Toledo returns to action Tuesday at Ohio, and Kent State travels to Northern Illinois on Tuesday as well.