Bulls get even with Kent State, split season series with 84-72 victory in MAC duel

Jeremy Harris' 24 points and C.J. Massinburg's seven assists both good for career-highs

February 13, 2018 - 9:32 pm

Kyle Powell reporting

The U.B. Men's Basketball team (18-7, 10-2 MAC) played host to the Kent State Golden Flashes (12-13, 6-6 MAC) on Tuesday evening in Alumni Arena. This would mark the second and final regular season meeting between these Mid-American Conference foes, with the Golden Eagles holding the 1-0 edge to this point. Thanks in part to a huge 18-point comeback on January 30th, the Golden Eagles upset the Bulls by a final score of 82-79. Kent State's home victory over U.B. two weeks ago also handed the Bulls their first of two inter-conference losses to this point in the season.

With their 10-2 conference record, U.B. also sports a four-game lead over three teams: Miami of Ohio, Bowling Green, and the aforementioned Kent State. who all sit at 6-6 in the MAC East.

The first half was quite competitive until the 3:47 mark, when the Bulls exploded for a 12-0 run to extend their late lead in the opening stanza from 29-23 up to 41-23. A Golden Eagle layup snapped the scoring streak with just over a minute to play before halftime. All in all, the once six-point lead had quickly become an 18-point advantage (45-27) with the 16-4 run from the boys in the blue and white to end the half. U.B.'s MAC rivals had no answers for the prolific attack as the teams headed to the locker rooms for the break in action.

Leading the charge for the Bulls was junior forward Nick Perkins, who paced all scorers on the floor. His 12 first-half points (5-of-6 from field goal range) was tops on the scoresheet. As a team, U.B. shot 57.6-percent from the floor, while also forcing nine Kent State turnovers in the opening 20.

With a substantial lead to build off of, the Bulls hit cruise control as the second half progressed. The Golden Eagles were never able to get out of the hole that U.B. helped them dig, as Nate Oats' squad dispatched of their opposition by a final score of 84-72.

The 84 points on this victorious evening marked the 11th time in 13 conference games that U.B. has eclipsed such a margin.

The MAC victory continued to ice the cake for U.B. as their 11-2 mark applies more pressure on the competition. First place becomes more elusive by the game.

Final statistical standouts for the Bulls were as follows:

  • Jeremy Harris - career-high 24 pts, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
  • C.J. Massinburg - career-high 7 assists, 4-4 FT%, 2 steals
  • Nick Perkins - 15 pts, 10 rebounds [double-double]

U.B. will be back in action at the end of the week, as they prepare to house Bowling Green in Alumni Arena for another MAC matchup on Friday, February 16th. The game can be heard on our sister station, ESPN 1520, as well as ESPNU. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

If you're listening on the radio, be sure to tune-in 30 minutes before tip-off to hear Josh Whetzel on the Pregame show, as he fills you in on everything you need to know for the contest ahead.

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