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UB-Kent State game anaylsis

Game analysis: Javon McCrea carried UB's offense with 33 points, a career best, while adding 10 rebounds and 15 of 15 from the free-throw line. While he shot 9 of 12, his teammates shot a dreadful 7 of 31 in a 80-68 loss to Kent State.

How UB lost: McCrea could use some help - even Jordan had Pippen - and the Bulls could shoot the ball better from long distance (3-22). Taking better care of the ball would be a plus, too. Of the Bulls 20 turnovers, Kent State converted nearly half in transition and finished with 21 points total.

Turning Point: When McCrea converted a layup with 8:52 remaining to give the Bulls a 62-58 lead, it was UB's final field goal of the game. They finished the game 0 for 10 overall with four turnovers. The game was knotted at 66 when Kent State's Devareux Manley gave the Flashes the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 4:42 left in the game. The Bulls were behind, 72-68 with 1:59 left before Kent State closed out the game with a 7-0 run.

Player of the Game: Randal Holt scored 19 of his team-high 27 points in the second half.

Key stat: UB recorded just nine assists.

Foul!: A total of 55 fouls were called which meant plenty of trips to the free-throw line. UB went 38 times and made 33, while the Flashes were 25 of 36.

T him up!: Reggie Witherspoon was issued a technical foul with 55 seconds left in the game for stepping out of the coaches box. Witherspoon yelled at the clock operators for resetting the shot clock after Kent State missed a shot and UB had possession briefly before Kent State got the ball back. UB was down by six at the time and after Holt made two free throws Xavier Ford committed a foul on Chris Evans who hit two more to give Kent a, 78-68 lead with 43 seconds remaining. Witherspoon yelled at the operators: "Why don't you ever make a mistake that benefits us?"

What It Means: The Bulls fall to 0-3 in the MAC, their worst start since 2002-03.

In the House: Former UB football coach Craig Cirbus (1995-00) was among the 3,057 at Alumni Arena.

He said it: "It was a great performance by him and he's a great player. He's one of the best players to come into this league in a long time and he played great. He's a tough matchup for a lot of teams and he was a tough matchup for us." - Kent State coach Rob Senderoff.

Up next: The Bulls host Bowling Green at 7 p.m. Saturday.

---Rodney McKissic


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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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