By Allen Moff | Staff writer
Here’s what Kent State men’s basketball coach Rob Senderoff noticed after watching the tape of Saturday’s 74-60 victory at Nebraska, the Golden Flashes’ first road victory over a Big Ten opponent since 1970:
WHAT STOOD OUT
“The hustle plays that we made in the second half really stood out. The 50-50 balls, taking charges, making simple plays, making winning plays, scrapping and getting long rebounds … all the little things you need to do to win on the road, in the second half in particular, we did all of those. Our execution was good throughout the game. When we needed a stop, we found a way to get one. The guys really competed. (Junior forward) Mark Henniger got a loose ball putback that was big. We tipped a ball and (senior guard) Chris Evans dove on the floor and called timeout, then we ended up scoring on that next possession. (Junior guard) Bryson Pope made a two or three rotation deflection. Those types of plays were really important in helping us win. And Randal (senior guard Randal Holt) really showed a lot of poise down the stretch when the shot clock was winding down. Our execution on offense down the stretch was excellent, and we got the stops we needed to make it hard for them to get back in the game.”
WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
“We didn’t do a great job rebounding the ball, that would be the one thing in particular. I want to make sure we don’t get away from it, because that’s been a strength of ours. Obviously they’re a big team, but we’ve gotta do a better job on the defensive glass in particular finding bodies. They had a little point guard who got four offensive rebounds, and that just shouldn’t happen against us.”
“(Sophomore point guard) Kris Brewer was sick. It was a virus that he had. I think he’s fine now. He played; he didn’t play great, but his presence just being out there helped us. Our guys saw how sick he was all day. He was fine today.”
The Flashes (4-2) will visit Youngstown State (3-3) Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.