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McLaughlin - Kent State blog

Oregon State guard JaQuori McLaughlin (0) has hit 8 of 13 3-pointers in the past two games. He's scored in double figures in 9 of 12 games this season.

Godofredo Vasquez, Mid-Valley Media

Here's a look at Kent State, which comes to Gill Coliseum on Thursday night for a nonconference game.

The Golden Flashes are 7-4 after a 68-63 home loss to Wright State in Kent, Ohio. Kent State was 19-13 last year (10-8 in the Mid-American Conference) and picked to finish fourth in the Mid-American East Division this season by the league's head coaches and a media panel.

Senior forward Jimmy Hall is the team's leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, along with 10.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He's shooting a team-best 52.8 percent from the floor, shoots 79.4 percent at the foul line and has a team-high 16 blocks.

The Golden Flashes also get contributions from sophomore guard Jaylin Walker (14.1 points, 3.0 rebounds) and senior guard Deon Edwin (10.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists).

Kent State averages 82.5 points and allows 68.3 and outrebounds its opponents 43.2-34.6.

Rob Senderoff is in his sixth season as the Golden Flashes' head coach.

It's Senderoff's first head coaching position. He was previously a head coach at Miami of Ohio, Fordham, Yale, Towson, Kent State (two stints) and Indiana. 

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