Kent State’s men’s basketball aims for fourth straight MAC win


Carlton Guyton, senior guard, passes the ball over Jordon Crawford, junior guard, on Jan. 13. Kent State came out with a victory 92-87 at the M.A.C Center. Photo by Emily Martin.

Nick Shook

Coming off of three straight victories, Kent State will look to continue its conference success Saturday as the Flashes host Western Michigan at the M.A.C. Center Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Flashes’ junior guard Randal Holt led Kent State to a 67-60 victory over Central Michigan Tuesday and has been performing well all season. Holt scored 23 points in the Flashes’ victory, but he wasn’t the only player to sway the game in favor of Kent State. Seniors Michael Porrini and Justin Greene combined to score 22 points and Kent State made 17 of 21 free throw attempts to end its two-game road trip with another victory.

Kent State hopes to have Holt turn in another solid performance Saturday. The Flashes are 12-2 in 2011-12 when Holt makes at least two 3-pointers.

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Western Michigan enters Kent with a 10-12 overall record, including a 4-4 record in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos are tied for second place in the MAC West division and hope an upset over the Flashes will help them enter a tie for first place with Eastern Michigan. Center Matt Stainbrook leads the Broncos with 12.3 points per game, but it was Shayne Whittington that led the team in scoring with 12 points in Western Michigan’s 72-48 loss to Bowling Green. Despite the loss, Western Michigan out-rebounded Bowling Green, 33-25, which will likely be a focus of Kent State’s game plan.

Kent State’s junior forward Chris Evans had an outstanding month of January, including a week in which he averaged 18.5 points per game off of the bench, which earned him MAC East Player of the Week honors. Evans gave the Flashes a plus-45 advantage in points scored during the 53 minutes in which he was on the court.

The Flashes will look to record their 28th straight win over MAC West opponents in a streak that dates back to February 2008.

Kent State’s game against Western Michigan will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Follow @NickShookDKS for the latest updates from the M.A.C. Center.

Contact Nick Shook at [email protected].