Rob Senderoff

Kent State tops Temple thanks to hot shooting

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Kent State pulled off a big early-season win over Temple 81-77 on Monday night by outscoring the Owls 43-35 in the second half.

The Owls had all five starters finish in double-figures but Kent State ultimately had a balanced scoring effort led by Derek Jackson and Devareaux Manley with 17 points each. Temple finished with only two bench points.

The Golden Flashes finished 11-for-22 from behind the three-point line and Temple struggled to match a pretty even game by only knocking down five-of-19 three-pointers.

Kent State is expecting to compete in the MAC and this is a huge win for them on the road early in the year to move to 2-0.

Temple (1-1) dropped its home opener by losing to a team that shot the ball slightly better from the outside in an otherwise even contest. They still need some bench scoring to emerge but their starting five playing so well is a good start.

POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk:

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: