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By Allen Moff | Staff writer
Here's what Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff noticed after watching the tape of Sunday's 88-83 overtime loss to Valparaiso at the M.A.C. Center:
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Kent State led by three at the end of regulation and decided to foul with four seconds left, in order to keep Valpo from getting an opportunity to attempt a potential game-tying 3-pointer. Erik Buggs made the first free throw and missed the second one -- he admitted afterward to reporters that he was actually trying to make it -- and the rebound was knocked away from KSU's Chris Ortiz from behind. The ball then bounced off the face of a Valpo player and glanced off the rim, where Kevin Van Wijk was able to jump up and lay it in to tie the game at the buzzer.
The tape also clearly shows a violation by Valpo on the free throw that wasn't called. A Valpo player started from behind the 3-point arc and was at the free-throw line when the shot hit the rim, which is illegal. That player is the one who knocked the ball away from Ortiz.
"I've been asked a couple times about if you second-guess yourself about the fouling, and I don't second-guess that one bit. If we're in that situation a thousand times we will try to foul a thousand times. That's the percentages, that's the math. The chances of what happened happening are a whole lot less than someone hitting a contested 3 to tie it, especially a team that shoots the 3 as well as they do. I second-guess a thousand other things we did during the game, but I don't second-guess that decision. That to me is a no-brainer.
"The game was not won or lost on that play. The game was lost on a hundred other plays throughout the game where we just did not guard the way we need to guard. When we're playing well we're defending much better."
WHAT STOOD OUT
"We made some big plays defensively when we needed to to give ourselves a chance to win, but unfortunately when we needed to get a rebound at the end of the game the ball just didn't bounce our way. We played hard."
WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
"We didn't defend nearly as well as we need to be successful. We gave up (88) points and they shot (58) percent from the field. It's amazing that we even had a chance to win with those defensive numbers.
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