Feb. 9, 2008
Kent State 82, Northern Illinois 67 in PDF Format
Kent, Ohio - The Northern Illinois men's basketball team knew that it would have to bring its `A' game against East Division-leading Kent State on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Golden Flashes brought their `A+' game, as Kent State connected for 15 three-pointers on their way to the 82-67 Mid-American Conference victory over NIU at the M.A.C. Center.
With the victory, Kent State improves to 19-5 overall and 8-2 in MAC action, while the Huskies fall to 5-17 on the campaign and 2-8 in conference play.
Kent State guards Al Fisher and Rodriquez Sherman each drained four three-pointers on the afternoon for a team-best 16 points. KSU forward Mike Scott added 13 points, followed by Chris Singletary (11 points) and Rashad Woods (10 points).
As a team, Kent State shot a blazing 62.5% (15-for-24) from beyond the arc, including a 78.6% (11-for-15) performance in the opening 20 minutes that staked them to a 48-25 lead. Six Golden Flash players connected for at least one trifecta. Those 15 treys were the most by a Huskie opponent since November 26, 2005, when Aurora drained 15.
NIU freshman guard Darion Anderson (Chicago, Ill./Carver Military Academy) led four Huskies in double-figures with 15 points. Senior forward Michael Hart (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Carthage College) had 12 points, followed by 11 points from senior Shaun Logan (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott/Kirkwood C.C.) and 10 points from senior swingman Ben Rand (Rochelle, Ill./Rochelle/University of Iowa).
"Our guys came out in the second half and played good basketball," NIU head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton said. "Unfortunately we had dug ourselves too big a hole in the first half to come back on a very, very good team.
"They came out and shot the ball extremely well," Patton continued. "They're one of the premier teams in our conference. We knew it would be a tough task to come in here and steal one."
NIU is back in action on Tuesday (Feb. 12), as the Huskies return to Ohio to square off with Akron for a 7 p.m. (CST) tip-off for the Mid-American Conference Game of the Week.