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February 12, 2012

Kent State too much for visiting Ball State

KENT, Ohio - On national television, the Flashes extended their 30 game win-streak against Mid-American Conference West opponents with a 76-55 win over Ball State Saturday at the M.A.C. Center. The streak now covers four seasons.

"I didn't want to talk about [the streak] until we were done playing the West," coach Rob Senderoff said. "Because like a baseball pitcher throwing a no-hitter, you don't want to talk about it. It's a great accomplishment for our players."

Senior forward Justin Greene, who was here at Kent State when the streak started, led the team in scoring with 18 points against Ball State's Jarrod Jones, who is regarded as one of the best forwards in the conference.

Greene also did his part defending Jones, as the 6-foot 9-inch Jones, who averages 16.7 points per game, finished the game with only seven points on two of 12 shots.

Greene said he found a lot motivation from remembering what former Flashes' head coach Geno Ford used to say to Greene about Jones.

"[Former head coach] Geno [Ford] used to mess with me a lot," Greene said. "Tried to motivate me and tell me Jarrod Jones has the freshman of the year in his hands and it's all his, he's the best in our class. I always take it personal playing against him. I know he's one of the best players in the league and one of the best bigs in the league as well, so I've got to try to match his intensity and outplay him. Especially at home and on national television, I don't want to get exposed."

The win also came from the help of four players who also scored in double digits. Junior guard Randal Holt scored 13 points, while senior guard Carlton Guyton added 14 points. Off the bench, the high-flying junior forward Chris Evans added 11 points.

Evans was part of another huge alley-oop as he leaped over his defender to slam the dunk home.

"I've never seen anybody jump like Chris Evans," Greene said. "He's crazy athletic. He's put in the right system with us. We love to run so as soon as we get a rebound, we're ready to push it and you're going to find him on that wing running for the alley-oop. Mike [Porrini] and Scootie [Carlton Guyton] and Randal [Holt] do a great job looking for him. They put it anywhere, all he's got to do is go get it."

The Flashes came out of halftime a little slow, allowing the Cardinals a 10-2 run that put them within a point of tying Kent State, but the Flashes replied with a 20-4 run that put Ball State away.

Kent State's next matchup will be against Buffalo at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"These last six games, we've been defending the ball and rebounding a little better," Greene said. "As we continue to get better at those two things, we can keep this thing rolling into the MAC East and right on into the MAC Tournament."


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