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Kent State-UB game analysis

Game analysis: The world is full of surprises and UB’s 79-54 victory over visiting Kent State is a prime example. This was supposed to be a game where the lead teetered back and forth but the Bulls took control early and never looked back.

How UB won: Defense and Byron Mulkey’s three-point shooting. Mitchell Watt had eight blocks, the third most in school history to lead a Bulls defense that held Kent to 33.3 percent shooting. The Bulls also outrebounded the Golden Flashes, 39-26, and forced 19 turnovers. Meanwhile, Mulkey scored 21 of his career high 27 points in the first half as UB surged to a 43-31 lead.

Turning point: The Bulls led, 32-23, in the first half when Mulkey hit back to back three-pointers. The lead didn’t dip below double digits the rest of the game.

Player of the game: If you see someone wearing a Hart Hotels “T’s for 3’s’’ T-shirt, it’s because of Mulkey.

Unsung player of the game: There’s no telling how many shots Kent had to adjust because of Watt, who had five rejections with 7:55 to go in the first half.

Best sign: “Can’t State”

Stat of the game: Javon McCrea rarely misses (4-for-4 vs. Kent State) but his six turnovers are proof he won’t be moved to point guard anytime soon.

He said it: “Probably when the game tipped off.’’ – Kent State coach Geno Ford when asked when the game got away from his team.

What it means: The Bulls are now tied with Kent State at 2-2 in the MAC’s East Division behind Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) who are in first at 3-1.

In the house: 2,122 at Alumni Arena

Next up: at Ohio on Saturday.

---Rodney McKissic


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