Inside the Film Room with Rob Senderoff: Buffalo Edition

By Allen Moff | Staff writer Published:

Here's what Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff noticed after watching the tape of Wednesday's 80-68 victory at Buffalo, the Golden Flashes' sixth win in their last seven games and second straight on the road in the Mid-American Conference:

WHAT STOOD OUT: "There were a lot of fouls in the game (55), so there wasn't a ton of flow. Our kids really just showed a ton of resolve and toughness and character, and all the positive attributes you can use to describe a group of guys. We hadn't won in Buffalo (since 2008), we had three guys foul out in under 10 minutes. At one point we're playing a lineup late in the game with four guards and (6-foot-5 junior forward) Darren Goodson in the middle. We're playing (freshman forward) Khaliq Spicer in the last five minutes of the game, and he hadn't played in forever. For us to find a way to gut out a win really says a lot about the type of kids we have here and how much they wanted to find a way to win this game. They all stepped up to make big plays for us. (Sophomore guard Devareaux) Manley, who hadn't played in a while, tied the game then hit a 3 to give us the lead back after we had lost it. (Seniors Chris Evans and Randal Holt) played to win. They had 52 points and 21 rebounds between them, great assist-to-turnover ratio, steals, big plays, Randal was 5-for-5 from 3. You can't say enough positive things about the way they've played in the last two road games, but (Wednesday) night in particular. Just a great effort by those guys."

ON BOUNCING BACK FROM A HOME LOSS TO TOLEDO IN THE MAC OPENER: "You lose your first game in the league, then you go on the road (at Ball State) and a 15-point lead disappears to one, and they refuse to lose. Then you have half your team foul out (at Buffalo) and you refuse to lose.

These kids have had a lot of reasons and opportunities to fold up but they are really a resilient group, or at least they're showing they're a resilient group. We still have a lot of season left and a lot of games ahead of us, but I'm really proud of the effort these guys are putting forth and just how they're playing for each other, especially on the road. We're 5-2 on the road, and that's not easy to do. That's the most road wins in our conference by far."

NEXT GAME: The Flashes (11-6, 2-1) will host rival Akron (12-4, 3-0) in a nationally televised contest on Saturday at 3 p.m.

-- ALLEN MOFF

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