Here's what Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff noticed after watching the tape of Saturday's 68-64 victory at Akron, the Golden Flashes' fifth straight win, which gave them at least 19 victories for the 15th consecutive season:
n WHAT STOOD OUT: "What a great atmosphere it was. I think that was the loudest gym we've played in. They do a great job. I don't know what it is they do but it's impossible to hear in there. They've figured out a great way to make that environment as intimidating as possible. And it was the least amount of Kent State fans that we've ever had there. They didn't let Kent people get tickets or Kent people weren't interested, one or the other. We did a really good job with that atmosphere of keeping our composure. Outside of a couple late turnovers we really handled the environment and the circumstances really well. Similar to the (first game of the season against Akron) we got a big lead, then in the start of the second half (Zips junior forward) Demetrius Treadwell it seemed like got every rebound. But the difference was we were able to continue to score. In doing that they really weren't able to cut into the lead quite as much or quite as quickly as they did the last time. I thought (Flashes freshman forward Khaliq Spicer) played his best game of the year. I thought (freshman point guard Kellon Thomas), even though shooting percentages may not say he had a great game, he contributed a great deal. I thought (junior swingman) Bryson Pope really battled, and (sophomore guard Devareaux Manley) stepped up and made some shots. And then our guys that have led us continued to lead us. (Sophomore point guard) Kris Brewer got a little sped up late, but for the most part I still thought he did a good job. Making the free throws (in the final minute) after really not playing one of his better floor games showed some maturity and growth. (Senior captains) Chris Evans and Randal (Holt), I think 16 minutes into the second half neither one of them had scored (in the second half). For them to still stick with it and not force things and not get frustrated just shows where their minds are at and how much winning that game meant to them. Overall, we didn't play great. We played incredibly hard. (Junior forward Darren Goodson) in particular was like a warrior out there. He made big shot after big shot. But we didn't shoot the ball great, we had more turnovers (15-14). I thought the biggest thing we did was we really competed."
n NEXT GAME: The Flashes (19-12, 9-7) will open MAC Tournament play with a third-round game against an opponent to be determined on Thursday at 6:30 at Quicken Loans Arena. The game will be televised live on SportsTime Ohio.
-- Allen Moff/R-C