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Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Kent State Game Recap

Nick Arthur, Morgantown -

Carlton Guyton led four Kent State players in double figures as the Golden Flashes defeated West Virginia 70-60 Tuesday morning at the Coliseum.

An unusual 10 a.m. tipoff led to a small crowd of 5,616 taking in the action between the two teams.

The senior guard Guyton scored 17 points to lead all scorers.

West Virginia led 33-28 at halftime, but a dominating second half by the Golden Flashes led to the Mountaineers' first loss of the season.

"We definitely don't want to lose a home game, especially to a non-conference team," senior forward Kevin Jones said. "Hopefully we just get everything right, because we can't dwell on the past."

"We're not good enough to shoot 16 for 28 from the foul line, turn it over 17 times and win," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins.

The Mountaineers started quickly and were able to jump out to a 14-6 lead behind seven straight points from freshman forward Aaron Brown.

But the Golden Flashes were able to rally and held their first lead, 17-16, midway through the first half.

West Virginia dominated the glass, something it was unable to do in the home opener against Oral Roberts.

Both teams had multiple players in foul trouble. A total of 23 team fouls were called in the first 20 minutes of play.

Kevin Jones and junior forward Deniz Kilicli combined for 19 first-half rebounds.

The Mountaineers held a 33-28 advantage at halftime.

Kent State used a full-court press to begin the second half that forced the West Virginia offense to play fast.

The fast play led to multiple Mountaineer turnovers, and Kent State took the lead, 43-41, with 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The Golden Flashes held their largest lead with 12 minutes left in the game, 51-44, after a Truck Bryant pass was stolen by Kent State and taken the other way for a layup.

The visitors continued to add to their lead. Truck Bryant's sixth turnover resulted in another Kent State score. The Golden Flashes led 55-45 with 9:58 left to play.

A convincing dunk by Deniz Kilicli got the crowd back into the game and cut the deficit to six, 55-49 with 8:42 remaining.

But, much like it did all morning, Kent State responded. Two easy buckets against the West Virginia 1-3-1 defense extended the lead to nine, 60-51.

The Golden Flashes forced yet another Mountaineer turnover and held a 66-53 advantage with 3:55 remaining in the game.

"We didn't have near the effort, and we didn't have near the bounce in our step that we had in the first half," said Huggins.

West Virginia freshman guard Jabarie Hinds hit a three to bring the Mountaineers within 10, but it proved to be a little too late for the home team.

"We still have a lot to work on," Kevin Jones said. "I don't want to use the excuse of having a young team, but there are some points where these guys play like they're upper classmen and there are some points where they play like freshman."

"We just have to get to a point where it is more consistent."

Deniz Kilicli struggled offensively but was able to contribute 15 rebounds.

Kevin Jones had another solid game for West Virginia. Jones finished with 15 points going along with 17 rebounds.

The Mountaineers struggled from the free-throw line while only making 16-28.

Bob Huggins felt some of his players didn't give full effort.

"If you take a play off against good teams, they're going to expose you," he said.

West Virginia shot just 36 percent from the field and 2-12 from three-point range.

West Virginia will have little time to fix these problems. The Mountaineers will play again Thursday night. But West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is confident things will improve.

"We'll fix it," Huggins said. "I just can't fix everything at once."



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