Mononucleosis to sideline Kent State sophomore forward indefinitely

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In his first season of play at Kent State, redshirt sophomore forward Jimmy Hall has been a key contributor for Rob Senderoff’s Golden Flashes. Averaging 15.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, Hall leads the team in both statistical categories.

Unfortunately for Kent State they’re going to be without Hall for a while, as it was announced Wednesday that he’s been diagnosed with mononucleosis. According to the school he’ll sit out for at least the next week before he’s reevaluated by doctors.

“Jimmy was playing at a (MAC) Player of the Year level, and we are obviously very disappointed for him that he is going to miss some games,” said KSU coach Rob Senderoff. “Right now the priority is Jimmy getting healthy and being back to help us as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are missing 30 minutes per night. All of our guys in the front court will be called on to step up.”

Without Hall, players such as Khaliq Spicer (5.8 rpg) and Chris Ortiz (3.8 rpg) will be asked to step up in the front court. Kent State, which saw its six-game win streak come to an end Friday night at Buffalo, is in the midst of a five-game stretch in which four of the games will be played on the road.

The Golden Flashes visit Western Michigan Wednesday night and will host Miami University Saturday night before playing road games at Akron and Toledo. Kent State and Akron are currently tied atop the MAC East standings at 6-2, with Buffalo and Bowling Green a game back at 5-3.

Kent State beats Akron on Darren Goodson’s banked-in three (VIDEO)

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Conference play hasn’t been as enjoyable for Rob Senderoff’s Kent State Golden Flashes as they would have hoped, with Kent State entering Saturday’s game against rival Akron with a 2-5 record in MAC play. Akron, on the other hand, entered the game in sole possession of first place in the MAC East and looked to remain in that position with a victory.

Given their status as rivals it was fitting that the game came down to one shot. That shot? Kent State senior forward Darren Goodson banking in a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Golden Flashes the 60-57 victory. Goodson scored Kent State’s final eight points of the game, scoring a team-high 12 points as the Golden Flashes moved to 3-5 in MAC East play.

Kent State coach Rob Senderoff dresses as Jackie Moon during Hoops ‘n’ Halloween (PHOTO)

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Will Ferrell is a popular actor among college basketball coaches. Earlier this preseason at Kansas’ Late Night at the Phog, head coach Bill Self reenacted Ferrell’s iconic role as Ron Burgundy from the movie Anchorman. He also played the role of Ferrell’s Frank “The Tank” Ricard character during the team’s version of the initiation scene from the movie Old School.

On Saturday night, Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff decided to dress as Ferrell’s basketbal playing character, Jackie Moon from the movie Semi-Pro, during the program’s Hoop ‘n’ Halloween event.

In the 2008 movie, Moon — the owner, coach and player of the fictional Flint Tropics — led his team to a fourth-place finish in the ABA. Senderoff had his Golden Flashes finish one spot better in the MAC East Division standings, ending the 2012-2013 campaign with a 21-14 (9-7 MAC) record.

Kent State starts the season on Nov. 8 against Ohio Northern.