USF head coach Stan Heath and the men's basketball team road woes continue, as the Bulls lost to Kent State 56-51 Sunday night, dropping the Bulls to 0-3 on the road.
Sophomore guard Jawanza Poland led USF with 15 points, and junior Ron Anderson Jr. had 10 points and eight boards, Hugh Robertson added nine points and six rebounds, while Crater scored seven and added four assists, but it was not enough to stop another late rally by the home team.
With both USF big men, Augustus Gilchrist and Jarrid Famous not making the trip, Anderson Jr. and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick combined for 19 rebounds on the night.
The Bulls led by as many as 11 in the first half and 24-21 at halftime. After the Bulls took a 31-25 lead with 15:59 left to play, Kent State scored eight straight to take its first lead on Guyton's layup with 12:31 to go. The Bulls would regain the lead, 35-34, a little over four minutes later but Guyton hit a 3 with 7:39 left gave Kent State a 37-35 advantage, a lead it would keep the rest of the way.
With under three minutes to play, Crater hit a pair of free throws followed by a deep three and a layup by Poland to put the Bulls within one, but that was as close as they got, as Kent State responded with a three with under a minute to play and were able to hold on for the 56-51 win.
Fueling the rally, Carlton Guyton and Michael Porrini scored 11 points each in the second half, Porrini finished with 16 points, Guyton 13 and Justin Greene added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Golden Flashes.
Coach Heath returned to the MAC Center for the first time since leading Kent State to the Elite Eight in 2002, and was honored during the pregame along with several players from the team.
USF returns to the Sun Dome to face Auburn on Wednesday and then James Madison on Saturday.