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Here's what Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff noticed after watching the tape of Wednesday's 70-55 loss at Bowling Green, which gave the Golden Flashes two straight defeats and snapped a three-game road winning streak:
WHAT STOOD OUT
"We usually watch (the previous game) as a team or watch segments of it as a team, but we're not going to on this one. But I certainly watched it. We didn't come out with enough energy. The way that first half finished really hurt us. We competed hard in the second half, much more along the lines of what I would have expected. We didn't play perfect, far from perfect, but we played much harder in the second half than in the first half. For us to be successful, not everybody has to play well, but everybody has to compete at a high level. We struggled in this last game with that. I was proud of (freshman forward Khaliq Spicer's) effort in the second half. (Senior guard Randal Holt) competed for the most part. (Senior guard) Chris Evans didn't play a great game, and we didn't do a good job of getting him the ball. We need to do a better job with that, and he needs to do a better job of working to get open and get the ball in places where he can be effective. Overall it was a disappointing performance by us. That's not to take anything away from Bowling Green, but that's a game we definitely don't feel we should have lost by 15 points. We've gotta have a short memory and move on. That game's in the past and there's nothing we can do about it now except hopefully learn how hard we have to play. We've gotta play better if we want to have a chance to win."
The Flashes (11-8, 2-3) will host Ohio (14-5, 5-0), led by former KSU head coach Jim Christian, Saturday at 6 p.m.
-- ALLEN MOFF/R-C