Kent State men's basketball opens Bahamas tournament with victory

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

NASSAU, Bahamas -- After spending parts of the last two days in the sun at the Atlantis Resort, the Kent State men's basketball team heated it up inside Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Monday night. The Golden Flashes connected on nine 3-pointers in the first quarter on the way to a 101-72 win over Street Legends.

"The way that they play, it's kind of helter-skelter," Kent State third-year coach Rob Senderoff said. "There's going to be a lot of possessions and a lot of points scored. It was nice to see a number of guys play well and score. But more important, it was good to see us defend better as team as the game went along."

Kent State never trailed in its first of four games in six days in the Bahamas. Junior Kris Brewer made a 3-pointer on the game's opening possession, which proved to be a theme as the Flashes took a 36-22 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

Redshirt sophomore K.K. Simmons led the long distance onslaught with three trifectas in the quarter, while Brewer, junior Devareaux Manley and sophomore Devin Carter added two apiece.

Simmons and Brewer combined for 20 points in the quarter, nearly matching the total output for their opponent.

After allowing Street Legends to make better than 60 percent of its shots in the first quarter, the Flashes stepped it up on defense. Their opponent's shooting percentage dropped in each of the following quarters, finishing the game at just 36 percent.

"I think we defended better each quarter, which was good to see," Senderoff said. "You could see that in the point totals each quarter, and 36-percent field-goal defense is what we're looking for."

Simmons finished with a game-high 17 points and was joined by five teammates in double-figures. Brewer scored 15 points, Carter had 13 points, Manley scored 11 points, and senior Darren Goodson and sophomore Khaliq Spicer added 10 points apiece.

Kent State held a 44-35 advantage on the glass, led by Spicer's seven rebounds. Seniors Mark Henniger and Melvin Tabb contributed six boards each.

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