Bobcats Obliterate Pippen-less Flashes, End Kent’s Season
Written by Sean Fitzgerald on March 11, 2021
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Kent State was dealt a major blow 20 minutes before tip-off when All-MAC Senior forward Danny Pippen was ruled out of the MAC Tournament quarterfinal versus the Ohio Bobcats.
Without Pippen and All-MAC Third Teamer Michael Nuga, the Ohio Bobcats decimated the Kent State Golden Flashes 85-63
The Golden Flashes were porous from the field and their shot selection, as the Bobcats stayed hot the entire 40 minutes.
Jason Preston led the way for Ohio, scoring 19 points and grabbing four rebounds.
Fellow guard Mark Sears added 16 points and was an all-around performer on the day.
Malique Jacobs was the best player for the Golden Flashes, scoring 16 points with three rebounds and three assists. Tervell Beck added another 16 points to the tally.
Despite the Bobcats reaching 10 team fouls by the 7:30 mark of the first half, the Flashes couldn’t close the gap. They shot 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the half.
Turnovers also eliminated any chance for the Flashes to advance. Kent State barely shot 28% from the field for the majority of the game.
The inability to make it past the quarterfinals the last few years could call into question coach Rob Senderoff’s job security despite a great season.
Sean Fitzgerald is the Black Squirrel Radio Sports Director. He co-hosts Pass the Mic Sports Talk. Follow him on Twitter @fitzonsportsbsr for insights and occasional livestreams.