BALTIMORE, Md. – Kent State's 2012-13 men's basketball season came to an end on Sunday in a 73-59 loss at Loyola Maryland during round two of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Poor shooting spoiled the Golden Flashes' hopes of advancing to a third-round game at East Carolina on Tuesday night. Kent State connected on just 27.6 percent of its attempts from the field (16-for-58) and only 16.7 percent of its three-point tries (3-for-18).
"It was just a tough night for us overall," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff "We didn't shoot the ball very well, and (Erik) Etherly and (Dylon) Cormier for Loyola were really good. We had a tough time with both of them."
Etherly led all scorers with 27 points, inflicting most of his damage from the foul line where he was 17-for-19. The lefty post also led all players with 11 rebounds. Cormier added 18 points off the' bench for the Greyhounds, who improved to 23-11.
Kent State countered with 13 points each from seniors Randal Holt and Chris Evans in their final appearances for the Golden Flashes. Junior Darren Goodson chipped in 12 points while Bryson Pope led the Flashes in rebounding with seven off of the bench.
The Golden Flashes finished their season at 21-14 and became just the sixth Kent State team to notch a postseason win with their first-round victory over Fairfield on Wednesday at the M.A.C. Center.
"Overall, I'm really proud of the effort of our guys this season," said Senderoff. "Our players who are coming back have to continue to get better and to work. I'm very proud of the years that Chris and Randal had. Our seniors did a great job. Chris' work ethic, Randal's competitiveness and Brian Frank's commitment to the group are all things future players here and returning players here can emulate.
"I'm disappointed it ended for our seniors, but they all have bright futures ahead of them."
True freshmen Kellon Thomas and Khaliq Spicer offered more proof that they have bright futures still ahead of them in Kent. Thomas scored six points and Spicer added three points and four rebounds in extended minutes. Nine of Kent State's 11 returning players saw valuable postseason action of between seven and 22 minutes on Sunday.