Golden Flashes Stumble On Road

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Kent State's winning streak on the road came to a crashing halt in an ugly 70-55 loss at Bowling Green on Wednesday night.

Chauncey Orr scored 18 points and A'uston Calhoun and Jordan Crawford both added 12 for the Falcons, who jumped out to a 35-22 lead at the break before holding off several Kent State runs in the second half.

Orr connected on 4-of-5 three-pointers for the the Falcons (7-11, 2-3 MAC) while Calhoun led all rebounders with 13.

The Golden Flashes, meanwhile, lost on the road for the first time since Dec. 9.

"We had been playing well on the road," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff, whose team had won three straight away from the M.A.C. Center and five of seven overall prior to Wednesday. "Tonight we didn't play well in any way. In the first half we were awful. It was the worst half of basketball we've played in a while. Some may say it was a hangover (after a loss to arch-rival Akron on Saturday), but that's an excuse. There are no excuses for the way we played."

The Golden Flashes shot 29-percent from the field (8-for-29) in the first half, including 0-for-8 from three-point range. A turnaround to 46-percent in the second half couldn't cut into the Falcons lead.

Led by a string of jumpers by Randal Holt and an alley-oop dunk from Holt to Chris Evans, Kent State cut the lead as close as five in the early minutes of the second half only to see Bowling Green answer. That same scenario played out over and over again during the final 20 minutes.

"Every time we made a run, they'd get a loose ball and an easy basket," said Senderoff. "We'd get a stop and get out in transition, then we'd turn it over and they'd get an easy basket. We'd have two guys guys there for an easy rebound, it would deflect off of both of their hands and right to their guy who would get an easy basket."

Holt finished with 17 points to lead Kent State. Evans added 13.

If there was a highlight for the Golden Flashes it was the play of 6-foot-9 true freshman Khaliq Spicer, who scored four points on a pair of two-handed dunks, grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot in 17 minutes while playing only in the second half.

Spicer took the post minutes usually reserved for Mark Henniger and Melvin Tabb, who combined to shoot 1-for-7 in the first half. Neither junior left the bench in the second half.

"I was proud of Khaliq," said Senderoff. "He will play more. Melvin and Mark have to play better … There is no excuse for the way they are playing. It has to matter more to them."

Kent State (11-8, 2-3 MAC) returns home to host Ohio University on Saturday in a game that will be televised regionally on SportsTime Ohio.