Members of the 2002 Elite Eight basketball team, including Antonio Gates and Demetric Shaw, reunite on the floor of the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, during a game against the College of Charleston.
Members of the 2002 Elite Eight basketball team, including Antonio Gates and Demetric Shaw, reunite on the floor of the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, during a game against the College of Charleston.
Former Kent State basketball player Antonio Gates is recognized, along with his former teammates, during a half time ceremony in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
Former Kent State basketball player Antonio Gates is recognized, along with his former teammates, during a half time ceremony in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
The Golden Flashes prepare for a contest with the visiting College of Charleston in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
The Golden Flashes prepare for a contest with the visiting College of Charleston in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
Members of the 2002 Elite Eight basketball team reunite on the floor of the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, during a game against the College of Charleston.
Members of the 2002 Elite Eight basketball team reunite on the floor of the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, during a game against the College of Charleston.
Kent State's Carlton Guyton leads the offense down the court during the second half, against the College of Charleston, in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
Kent State's Carlton Guyton leads the offense down the court during the second half, against the College of Charleston, in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
Kent State students cheer on the Golden Flashes during a home contest with the College of Charleston.
Kent State students cheer on the Golden Flashes during a home contest with the College of Charleston.
  • Members of the 2002 Elite Eight basketball team, including Antonio Gates and Demetric Shaw, reunite on the floor of the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, during a game against the College of Charleston.
  • Former Kent State basketball player Antonio Gates is recognized, along with his former teammates, during a half time ceremony in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
  • The Golden Flashes prepare for a contest with the visiting College of Charleston in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
  • Members of the 2002 Elite Eight basketball team reunite on the floor of the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, during a game against the College of Charleston.
  • Kent State's Carlton Guyton leads the offense down the court during the second half, against the College of Charleston, in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
  • Kent State students cheer on the Golden Flashes during a home contest with the College of Charleston.
Intercollegiate Athletics

A feverish Kent State (19-7) rally in the final nine minutes wasn't quite enough in an 80-73 loss to College of Charleston (17-11) in a Sears BracketBuster contest Saturday night at in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. The Golden Flashes had their second game winning streak stopped despite using an 18-1 run that brought the margin to within two points in the final four minutes after trailing by 19 points with nine minutes to go. 

Former All-American and current San Diego Chargers All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates and others from the team that produced the best record in Mid-American Conference (MAC) history were in attendance and honored at halftime. Kent State is now 1-2 all-time against Charleston. The last time they met was the final game in Gates’ historic career and resulted in a 71-66 win by the Cougars at the Center in the 2003 National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

Kent State was 6-3 all-time in BracketBuster games and one of only 11 programs to have been part of the event since its inception for in 2003. The game has been selected for a 6 p.m. broadcast on SportsTime Ohio.  

The Kent State Golden Flashes are the two-time defending MAC regular season champions. The team is led by first-year head coach Rob Senderoff.  

Rally Towels were given away before the game, and halftime entertainment included a Series Shootout for a chance to win $10,000.  

For ticket information, call the Kent State Athletics Ticket Office at 330-672-2244.

For more information about Kent State Athletics, visit www.kentstatesports.com.

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