Men's Basketball Home Opener Ends in Triumph, 62-59
Kent State University's Golden Flashes triumphed 62-59 over Robert Morris at ESPN's third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, Nov. 16.
“This game provided a unique opportunity for our strong fan base to come out and support us,” said Kent State men’s basketball head coach Geno Ford. “Playing at 8 a.m. is obviously an unusual start time, but we are thrilled to be a part of ESPN's 24-hour marathon.”
The game marked the 2010-11 home opener for Kent State, which is celebrating 60 years of basketball in the MAC Center this season. Adding to the excitement, the Goodyear blimp Spirit of Goodyear provided ESPN with aerial coverage of the home opener.
Kent State appeared on the ESPN family of networks six times last year alone and has made 16 appearances in the past five seasons.
Coming off a 24-10 season and their third Mid-American Conference title in five years, the Golden Flashes have four returning letterwinners that will mix with the influx of eight newcomers and redshirts this winter. The eight fresh faces to the lineup give Kent State plenty of athleticism and provide the program with more than enough firepower to defend its conference crown, a feat that has not been accomplished by a MAC team in more than 20 years.