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November 14, 2010
CLEVELAND, Ohio--Kent State routed Bryant University, 90-49, Saturday afternoon in the second game of the World Vision Classic at Cleveland State's Wolstein Center to improve to 2-0 on the season.
In the process, a star may have been born.
After putting up 14 points and five assists Friday night against Iona, junior Carlton Guyton poured in 19 points on 5-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, including three 3-pointers to open the second half to put the game out of reach, 50-31.
It is only the fourth time in school history a Kent State player has shot 5-for-5 from downtown. Current Kent State assistant coach Jordan Mincy was the last to pull it off when he hit five treys against Ohio University in 2009.
Point guard Mike Porrini corralled head coach Geno Ford's offense much more effectively than in the opener, scoring 10 points, pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing out seven assists in his best Jason Kidd impression.
"Mike had a look about him today--we could have played Duke and it wouldn't have mattered," Ford said. "He's an absolute pit bull. He's tough, physical and has great size for his position. What guys are figuring out is when we get a clean rebound and get the ball in his hands, just run. He'll find you."
The Golden Flashes ran the floor in transition under Porrini's direction, scoring 13 fast-break points to Bryant's two.
Maybe the most impressive stat of the night was the 90 points Kent State scored without a single shot from senior Rodriquez Sherman, who scored 20 points Friday night and led Kent State late in the second half.
"The message that should send to our locker room is, 'here is our only senior and he wasn't sulking, didn't' care [he wasn't shooting] and guarded better than anyone on the roster,'" Ford said. "It makes an unbelievable example of what a kid he is, and that's what we talked about [after the game]."
Junior Justin Greene played only 15 minutes but chipped in with 12 points and two rebounds. Ten of Green's points came consecutively in a 2:01 stretch in the first half.
A line of concern for Ford is guard and sixth-man Randal Holt and his early season shooting woes.
Holt, who Ford says is his best shooter, is just 2-for-18 shooting on the season.
"Randal is struggling, but what I liked about tonight is he had a couple of steals and deflected passes," Ford said. "The unfortunate thing is we have all these games in a row, and when you are shooting bad you have a couple of bad practices and a game or two, but here we are having games bang-bang-bang. He just needs to shoot himself out of it."
Holt may be frustrated by the start to his season, but Ford believes sooner or later, a great shooting performance is bound to happen.
"I don't know if it will happen tomorrow, Tuesday [against Robert Morris] or Friday [against Furman]. But sometime he's going to catch fire."
Kent State goes for three in a row on Sunday when they play Classic host Cleveland State.
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