MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (93-7 The FAN/AP) — Carlton Guyton’s 17 points led Kent State to a 70-60 victory over West Virginia on Tuesday, snapping the Mountaineers’ 36-game non-conference home winning streak.
That streak dated back to Nov. 26, 2005, when the Mountaineers lost 71-68 in overtime to LSU.
Randal Holt had 13 points, and Justin Greene added 12 in the Golden Flashes’ first game of the season. WVU dropped to 1-1 overall.
“There was a point in the game in the first half where I thought it might get away from us,” Kent State coach Rob Senderoff said. “We put Mike Porrini back in with two fouls. Mike only knows one way how to play. Learning how to coach him, maybe I shouldn’t have put him back in with two fouls because he picked up his third. But it sort of helped us get back in the game, him being on the floor. He’s really important to our team.”
West Virginia had four players in double figures. Kevin Jones grabbed 15; Jabarie Hinds had 13; Darryl “Truck” Bryant added 12; and Deniz Kilicli notched 11.
West Virginia led 41-36 on a Hinds steal and layup with 16:13 to go in the game. Kent State hustled back with a 15-3 run over 4 minutes, 4 seconds for a 51-44 advantage and never looked back.
“We throw the ball to them; we throw the ball to them for layups, we don’t get back and today it wasn’t just the freshmen,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “Today we had seniors who didn’t do their job.”