Golden Flashes Fall To Temple

KENT, Ohio - Too many turnovers, poor shooting and an overall uneven effort on both ends of the floor cost Kent State in an 80-66 loss to Temple on Tuesday afternoon during ESPN's 24 Hours of Basketball Marathon.

Kris Brewer scored a career-high 19 points, Chris Evans added 17 points and Randal Holt finished with 11, but those numbers couldn't offset the Golden Flashes' inconsistent performance.

After trailing by as many as 15 points during a slow start, Kent State battled back to tie the game at 46-46 on a steal and breakaway dunk by Brewer with 15:58 remaining in the game.

"We tied it up … and if some things go differently maybe we have a chance to compete and win the game," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff. "We didn't get the stops we needed. We turned the ball over too many times. We weren't about winning. We were a little bit too into ourselves. There was too much frustration and too much individual stuff. We can't win that way, period."

The same trio that led Kent State in scoring also combined for 16 of the team's 21 turnovers and four of its 10 assists on 25 made baskets.

As a team, the Golden Flashes struggled to just 37.3-percent shooting from the field and 21.7-percent from the three-point line. And in the all-important final 16 minutes of the second half, they made just half of their 10 free throws.

The defense wasn't much better, allowing Temple to shoot 52.9-percent from the field.

"It was everything," said Brewer. "Us being together. Talking on defense … It was a struggle."

Scootie Randall led Temple (1-0) with 31 points on 10-for-19 shooting, including 5-of-12 from beyond the arc. Anthony Lee added 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

"We didn't do a good job guarding Scootie Randall in any aspect," said Senderoff. "Not in transition. Even when we were guarding him (in the half court) we were standing there with our hands down. He scored 31 points. That's a lot of points."

Adding to Tuesday's disappointment was the fact that it came on the heals of a gritty combined performance by Kent State's young roster during a 66-62 overtime win over Drexel in last week's season opener.

"There are going to be growing pains," said Senderoff. "As well as we played on Friday, we played equally as poor today … We didn't play the way we needed to play to win. We didn't play together enough on either end of the floor. Their 53-percent (shooting from the field) was too high. Our 21 turnovers, that's too many. You look at the stat sheet, and there isn't much we did well other than offensive rebound."

Kent State out-rebounded Temple 44-30, including a 20-5 advantage off of the offensive glass. That led to the Golden Flashes outscoring the Owls 20-4 in second-chance points.

Melvin Tabb led Kent State with eight rebounds off the bench.

Kent State (1-1) continues its season-opening homestand with games against Chicago State on Friday at 7 p.m. and then against Valparaiso on Sunday at 2 p.m.