Kent State Hosts Charleston At 6:00 pm On Saturday For Sears BracketBuster
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On the verge of a 13th 20-win season in 14 years, Kent State (19-6; 9-3 MAC) steps away from Mid-American Conference action on Saturday at 6:00 pm to host the College of Charleston (16-11; 8-8 SoCon) as part of the 10th annual Sears Bracketbusters event. The Golden Flashes are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Elite Eight team and members of the team, including former All-American Antonio Gates will be honored at halftime.
Kent State has won seven straight to climb into a tie for second place in the MAC East Division and overall standings following a 76-71 win over Buffalo on Tuesday night.
Senior guard Michael Porrini, was all over the stat sheet scoring 14 of his 16 points in the second half while adding nine assists and six rebounds. Porrini has been superb over the last 12 games and is the only MAC player during that span averaging more than 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds & 5.0 assists per game. During the seven game win streak he is shooting 45 percent (10-22) from three. Senior forward Justin Greene meanwhile has led the team in scoring in each of the last four games averaging 18.0 points during the stretch. With 760 career rebounds to his credit he needs only five boards to move into third place and 11 to move into second on Kent State's all-time list.
Charleston had won four of five before a 78-63 setback at UNC Greensboro on Wednesday. Antwaine Wiggins, a 6'7" forward leads the team with 16.3 points per game. Andrew Lawrence a 6'1" guard (13.4 ppg) and Trent Wiedeman, a 6'8" forward (11.7 ppg) are also averaging in double figures.
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Next Up For Kent State
Kent State returns to MAC play with road games at Miami on Tuesday and at Bowling Green next Saturday. Both games can bee seen on SportsTime Ohio.
• Kent State needs one victory to become one of just eight teams in the nation to have posted at least 13 20-win seasons in the last 14 years
• The Golden Flashes are 6-3 all-time in BracketBuster games and one of only 10 programs to have been part of the event since its inception for in 2003
• Kent State has won its last three BracketBuster home games (2011, Western Carolina; 2009, Morehead State; 2006, Butler)
• Kent State ranks 14th in the country averaging 8.7 steals per game
• The Golden Flashes are 13-1 when forcing at least 16 turnovers in a game
• Kent State leads the league averaging 74.5 points per game and shooting 48.0 percent from the field during MAC play
• During the seven game winning streak sixth man Chris Evans is averaging 13.1 points and shooting 63 percent from the field
• Kent State is 15-2 this season when Randal Holt hits more than one three-pointer in a game
Kent State - Charleston Series Notes
• The only other meeting between Kent State and Charleston was the final game of Antonio Gates' historic career and resulted in a 71-66 win by the Cougars at the M.A.C. Center in the 2003 NIT.