Here’s what Kent State men’s basketball coach Rob Senderoff noticed after watching the tape of Saturday’s 70-63 victory over Loyola-Chicago in the final BracketBuster matchup, the Golden Flashes’ third win in their last four games:
WHAT STOOD OUT: “We started out really slow (down 20-9), but then really picked up our defensive energy. For about 20 minutes, from about the 12-minute mark of the first half through the 12-minute mark of the second half, on both offense and defense we did a great job — guarding the ball, sharing the ball, making unselfish plays. From the 12-minute mark to the 12-minute mark that’s probably as good as we’ve played in a while. The amazing thing is, we only had 11 turnovers — on the year we commit the second-least amount of turnovers per game of anybody in our league — but we had three in the last minute of the game. That was a little disappointing, that we didn’t finish it out. If we had just taken care of the basketball late we probably win by 15. (Senior guard Randal Holt) had a couple of those turnovers (in the final minute), and I consider him our smartest player. He’s gotta be a little sharper late in the game. Eleven turnovers and 14 assists are very good numbers, but eight turnovers and 14 assists are great numbers. But that happens. It’s something we have to learn from, for sure. On Wednesday (against Buffalo) I want to make sure we start the game better. We had a number of guys play well. (Junior swingman Bryson Pope) continues to play better and better. He helped us for sure. (Sophomore point guard) Kris Brewer continues to play well, as does (junior forward Darren Goodson). Overall it’s a road win, and it gets us going for the stretch run. Now we have to hold serve at home on Wednesday, then go from there.”
ON SHORTENING THE ROTATION (only seven players saw extensive action): “It’s gonna continue to be a little bit shorter because these games are really important. You need to produce when you come on the floor, that’s the bottom line. I can’t just give minutes just to give experience at this point. If you’re out on the floor I need you to make a positive contribution.”
NEXT GAME: The Flashes (15-12, 5-7 MAC) will host Buffalo (11-16, 6-6 MAC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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