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.
Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.
The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.
News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.
Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.
Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.
Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.