Here's what Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff noticed after watching the tape of Sunday's 62-55 loss at Xavier, the Golden Flashes' third straight defeat:
WHAT STOOD OUT
"We really competed in the first half. We played our best half defensively of the year, unquestionably. In the second half, we didn't sustain it. They made some tough shots. In particular Brad Radford, he made some tough ones. And they got out a little bit in transition in the second half. They shot 21 percent in the first half and (40) percent for the game -- normally that's good enough for us to win. It has been so far this year. A bright spot was Melvin Tabb for sure (20 points, 14 rebounds). Hopefully that will be a breakout game for him, and he'll continue to play well. That's something for him to grow on for sure. Seeing what he's done, we need to make sure we get him the ball a little bit more and hopefully he'll continue to deliver."
WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
"Right now we're struggling offensively in a lot of areas. We'll work on that here over the next 10 days. We've gotta find a way to see the ball go in the basket. We need to find some consistency with guys."
ON THE RECENT STRUGGLES OF SENIORS CHRIS EVANS AND RANDAL HOLT
The pair are shooting a combined 23 percent from the floor (18-of-77) during the Flashes' current three-game losing streak.
"I think they're both pressing a little bit. I think things came really easy for them early and they obviously did a great job earlier in the year, and now they're getting a lot of attention. They're not letting things come to them, and that's something I need to work with them on. Some shots are shots that I think they normally make."
The Flashes will not play this week while finishing up final exams, then will return to action on Dec. 20 at home against St. Francis (Pa.).
PLANS FOR THIS WEEK
"We'll get (Monday) and (today) off, then we'll practice Wednesday. We're gonna be getting a lot of shots up. We've gotta get in the gym and work on our individual skills. We're gonna use the next 10 days, especially once our guys are done with finals, and we're gonna use it almost as like a mini-camp, where we're gonna practice once a day, and we're gonna come in at night in smaller groups and just get shots up. We have a tough time getting the gym, and right now I don't know that we're getting in the gym enough. I'm gonna make sure that we are getting into the gym enough."
-- ALLEN MOFF