Here's what Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff noticed after watching the tape of Saturday's 69-68 home loss to Ohio, which gave the Golden Flashes three straight defeats and leaves them 0-3 at home against MAC teams:
WHAT STOOD OUT: "The film doesn't show much different than what you would have thought. We had too many costly turnovers. When you watch the film, we had at least 10 unforced turnovers out of our 20. In the second half a lot of those turnovers led to points off turnovers for Ohio. And they're such a good team as it is with (senior point guard) D.J. Cooper, giving them points off turnovers just puts you at a really big disadvantage. We had not been a high turnover team, but of late we have been and it's costing us. Going into league play I think we were first in the league in the least amount of turnovers, averaging about 12.5 a game. Those numbers are way up. We had been a pretty good rebounding team then that slipped, then in the last two games we've been better at that but now it's turnovers. Every position on the floor has to take care of the basketball better. … Switching to zone (in the second half) I think really helped get us back in the game. Had we not done that, we were really struggling to get stops. We made a number of really big plays to take the lead, but when crunch time came D.J. Cooper made every play that they needed to be made, whether it was finding guys in transition twice or finding a guy off of a ball screen once, or scoring or getting fouled off the ball screen. That's really the story of the game. We had too many turnovers and we didn't make the plays we needed to offensively, and D.J. Cooper made them all for them. I'm not going to say it was bad defense. It wasn't great defense, but it was him making a great play too a couple of times. When you have an elite point guard, things can break down and you can still get something good. (KSU sophomore point guard) Kris Brewer made some big plays for us down the stretch. Kris has gotta start to grow up. He can't be up one day and down the next, he's gotta string together good games. His intensity level is very much infectious to our team. … We had our opportunities. We put ourselves in a position to win, but right now we've gotta find a way to get over the hump in these games. The team that we play next (Northern Illinois), the two things that they do really well is rebound -- especially offensive rebound -- and they turn you over. So that's gonna be challenge."
NEXT GAME: The Flashes (11-9, 2-4) will visit Northern Illinois (4-14, 2-4) on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
-- ALLEN MOFF/R-C