Game #9-292: Fairmont State at Kent State Golden FlashesDecember 30, 2012 7:00 pm
Memorial Athletics Center
I try not to attend games when a team below the black-line is playing. My experience with these games is that they typically are blowouts, and that outside of getting to see the end of the bench play
, there is not much excitement. However, I did not want to pass up the opportunity to go to a game at the MAC Center in Kent, Ohio, and so I took the opportunity to see the Golden Flashes take on Division II foe Fairmont State.
The question was asked of me twice the day of the game, once by my dad, who I tried to talk into going to the game with me, and again by my friend who I did convince to attend, was "Where's Fairmont State?"
Located in Fairmont, West Virginia, with an enrollment
of 7,700 students, the Falcons make their home in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They were led by Malik Stith, a transfer from St. John's, and had a number of players who grew up in Northeastern Ohio. Consequently, there was a large contingent of fans from Fairmont State. As for the Flashes, there were quite a few fans, but not as many for a typical contest.
When Fairmont State got out to an early 10-4 lead, I had a feeling that it was going to be a long night for the Golden Flashes. The Kent State fans that were in attendance were suddenly quiet, while the Falcons fans were into the game. The Flashes however, stormed back and took a six-point lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Flashes continued to expand their lead. A pair of Randal Holt superhoops extended the lead to twelve, and shortly thereafter, another superhoop from Chris Evans extended the lead to 17. At that point, I thought the game was all but over, and that the Flashes would continue to build the lead and eventually empty their bench. However, I was dead wrong. A lay-up from Isaac Thornton cut the lead to eight, and on their next possession, Isiah Hill hit a superhoop to cut the lead down to five. The Kent State fans in the building were stunned, while the visitors were on their feet, hoping to see their Falcons pull off the upset. The Falcons came all the way back to pull within one at 76-75 with 37 seconds left in the game. Chris Evans was fouled, with the chance to give the Flashes a little bit of breathing room. He made the first shot, but missed the second, giving the visitors one last chance to at least send the game into overtime. However, the upset minded Falcons wanted to go for the win, and a Thornton superhoop attempt bounced off the rim. The Falcon fans looked stunned, hoping to see the upset, but happy to see their team compete with a Division One opponent.
After the game, the Flashes and their fans celebrated their victory by ringing their victory bell, and everyone headed out into the cold December evening. It was the closest game I had seen in some time, and I hope to see more as conference play begins.
at KENT STATE 77, FAIRMONT STATE 75
KENT STATE 8-5 (0-0) -- R. Holt 3-8 2-2 10; C. Evans 9-16 3-4 27; K. Brewer 4-7 2-4 11; M. Henniger 0-1 2-4 2; B. Pope 2-4 2-2 6; K. Thomas 2-4 2-4 6; D. Manley 3-6 1-2 9; M. Tabb 0-2 0-0 0; D. Goodson 2-4 2-2 6; E. Morris Jr 0-0 0-0 0; K. Spicer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 16-24 77.
Three-point goals: - , KENT 11-27 (C. Evans 6-10; B. Pope 0-2; R. Holt 2-5; K. Brewer 1-3; D. Manley 2-5; K. Thomas 0-1; D. Goodson 0-1); Rebounds: , KENT 33 (C. Evans 9); Assists: , KENT 13 (K. Brewer 6); Total Fouls -- , KENT 13; Fouled Out: -; KENT-None.
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