Record-Courier staff report
The momentum from two consecutive road victories didn't carry over for the Kent State men's basketball team, when it returned home to face Princeton on Saturday night at the M.A.C. Center in Kent.
A poor shooting night for the Golden Flashes turned into an ugly 62-50 loss to the Ivy League favorites.
"The ball just wasn't going in," said Chris Evans, who led Kent State with 18 points, but struggled to shoot just 6-for-16 from the field. "We were missing bunnies all night. When that happens, you just have to play through it. You can't worry about the ball going through the net, and then you can't let your offense dictate your defense."
Kent State shot 34 percent from the field (18-for-53). Princeton, meanwhile, connected on 55 percent of its shots (22-for-40), including 9-of-19 from 3-point range.
The Golden Flashes kept Tigers star Ian Hummer from big numbers, holding him to just five points on 2-of-6 from the floor.
However, Princeton's supporting cast came through as point guard T.J. Bray scored 15 points and center Brendan Connolly added 11. Both Bray and Connolly shot 4-of-5 from the field.
Princeton also out-rebounded Kent State 33-27.
"We had just three second-chance points, and we average 18 per game," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff. "They had two offensive rebounds, and they still had more second-chance points than us. To me, that's about effort."
According to Senderoff, on a night when Kent State missed 35 shots, as it did on Saturday, it should expect to grab 18-to-20 offensive rebounds.
"At least that's been true through the first seven games," said Senderoff.
Evans was Kent State's only player to score in double figures. Randal Holt and Kris Brewer added nine points each.
The Golden Flashes began the day hoping to use their athleticism to get out in transition and score some easy baskets. They finished the game with only two fastbreak points.
The loss dropped Kent State's record to 5-3 and the team is now 3-3 at home.
"I'm very disappointed in how we played coming off of two very good road wins," said Senderoff. "Disappointed is probably an understatement. We haven't started out well at home all year. I don't have an explanation for it. Our play at home concerns me a great deal.
Princeton improved to 3-4 with win.