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Who: Youngstown State (6-1) vs. Kent State (6-1)
When/Where: Tonight, 7 p.m./M.A.C. Center.
Radio: WHLO 640 AM.
Head Coaches: Jerry Slocum, Youngstown State (98-153, 9th season at YSU; 679-477 overall); Rob Senderoff, Kent State (48-27, 3rd season).
2012-13 Records: Youngstown State 18-16; Kent State 21-14.
Series: Kent State leads 27-16 and has won the last five matchups, including an 85-78 overtime victory last year at YSU.
SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE
The Penguins are 6-1 for the first time since the 1994-95 season. They average over 83 points per game and have five players averaging in double figures, led by 6-foot senior point guard Kendrick Perry. The Preseason Horizon League Player of the Year, Perry is averaging 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and three steals per game. Also averaging double-figure points are 6-10 sophomore forward Bobby Hain (11.6 ppg, 8 rpg), 6-7 senior forward Kamren Belin (11 ppg, 4.7 rpg), 6-6 sophomore forward Ryan Weber (10.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and 5-11 freshman guard Marcus Keene (10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3 apg).
Kent State has reeled off four straight wins, including a three-game sweep at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic last week at the M.A.C. Center. ... The Flashes have four players averaging in double figures: 6-3 junior point guard Kris Brewer (12.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.4 apg), 6-4 junior guard Devareaux Manley (11.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 44 percent 3-pointers), 6-1 junior guard Derek Jackson (11.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 50 percent 3-pointers) and 6-5 senior forward Darren Goodson (10.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.7 apg). Starter No. 5, senior forward Mark Henniger, checks in at 9.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and is coming off a career-high 20-point effort in a 102-97 victory over Niagara on Saturday. ... Kent State is averaging over 81 points per game thanks in major part to its bench, as 10 or more players have scored in every game but one this season.
SENDEROFF ON YOUNGSTOWN STATE
“They’re difficult to guard because similar to us they shoot the ball really well at four positions, including their four man Belin (one of four players with 12 or more 3-pointers). Kendrick Perry is a really good player, very hard to guard, and they rebound the ball very well. Their win against Eastern Kentucky is a really good win on a neutral floor, and their game against (No. 24) UMass was close until the last five or six minutes. It’ll be a really good matchup for us.”
SENDEROFF ON KENT STATE
“We have to rebound, and we have to defend with the intensity level that we defended in the Western Carolina game (a 72-59 win). I thought our defensive effort was not nearly as good against Niagara as it was against Western Carolina. I would hope that we’ll be OK offensively, the key for us is going to be how well we’re able to defend them.”
Countdown to Akron: 65 days.
— ALLEN MOFF/R-C
Facebook: Allen Moff, Record-Courier