"They just played out of their minds," was Marshall coach Greg White's understated summation of how badly Kent had just demolished his team.
Believe it or not, Marshall was in this game for the first 10 minutes or so. However, the final 10 minutes of the first half saw the Golden Flashes go on an astounding 19-0 run which resulted in KSU taking a cushy 61-33 lead at halftime behind the ace shooting of guards Trevor Huffman and Andrew Mitchell.
KSU's Trevor Huffman (24) drilled 5-of-7 threes against the Herd at Kent on Tuesday night.
If Marshall had any hopes of getting back into the game in the second half, KSU's Mitchell put those to rest in the first two minutes of action. Mitchell sank three consecutive three-pointers at the beginning of the second half, propelling the Golden Flashes out to a commanding 70-35 lead. Mitchell hit 4-of-5 three-pointers on the night, and combined with Huffman (5-of-7) and Anthony Wilkins (also 5-of-7), Kent State was all but unstoppable at scoring. KSU hit 16-of-28 threes during the game.
Marshall's Ron Blackshear put up a good fight, hitting 8-of-11 baskets (3-of-4 from three) for 26 points to lead all MU scorers. Tamar Slay finished with only 16 points, while J.R. VanHoose hit 10 points and 11 rebounds for his typical double-double.
Marshall's 15 turnovers resulted in 30 KSU points, a stat that literally leaps off the page. Kent State also had 24 fast-break points, compared to an atypical 0 fast-break points for the Herd.
Marshall now teeters with a 12-13 overall record, and 6-9 in the MAC. Kent State secured the #1 seed in the MAC Tournament with the win, and their record improves to a very healthy 21-5 overall and 14-1 in MAC play. The Flashes have now won 12 consecutive games, beating those opponents by more than 18 points in each game.
Marshall next plays at MAC East Buffalo this Saturday night. Game time is 7pm.