"We gave up 49% from the field, and that's tough for us to combat," Marshall coach Ron Jirsa said, "because we did not play a perfect game."
In the first half, it was all Kent State as the Flashes hit five three-pointers (Eric Haut hit three of them) and big center John Edwards rang up 11 points. KSU took a 45-33 lead at the half.
Marshall got right back in the game early in the second half, courtesy of three three-pointers (two by Ronny Dawn, one by Tre' Whitted) to cut the KSU lead to only 45-42.
Kent answered with the knockout blow, a 17-0 run over the following seven minutes.
"High percentage shots," Jirsa described the KSU run.
Marvin Black led all Marshall scorers with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard A.W. Hamilton scored 15 points, while LaVar Carter was the only other MU player in double figures with 10 points. Marshall shot 35% from the field, while Kent State shot a blistering 33-of-67 (49%) including 7-of-19 from three-point range.
"They've got an exception shooting team," Jirsa summed up. "They just really held us up with some great shooting tonight."
The Golden Flashes were led by John Edwards' 18 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Jason Edwin also hit a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Kent improved their best-in-MAC record of 19-3 overall and 13-1 in conference play with the win. Marshall slipped to 9-13 overall and 6-8 in the MAC with the loss. Next up for The Herd is a Bracket Buster Saturday matchup with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at the Henderson Center in Huntington on Saturday.