Orlando Coleman led with 18 points and six rebounds as the Kennesaw State men's basketball team took home a 67-63 Atlantic Sun Conference road win over Stetson in the Edmunds Center on Friday night. The Owls, who have now won two out of their last three games, improve to 6-22 on the year and 3-12 in the A-Sun with the victory while dropping the Hatters to 7-20 overall and 5-10 in the league standings. KSU rallied behind their work from the free-throw line, putting in 19 of the team's 25 attempts, including the two game clinching shots from guard Yonel Brown. "This was a great team win and this group continues to fight," said Kennesaw State interim head coach Jimmy Lallathin. "Orlando (Coleman) came up big for us and Delbert (Love) and Nate (Rucker) came up with some big baskets for us at the end. We kept our composure and answered their shots down the stretch and Yonel (Brown) made some huge free throws to clinch it. We look forward to continue making strides on Sunday at Florida Gulf Coast." With the game knotted up at 54-54 with four minutes left on the clock, KSU forward Nate Rucker tipped the score in favor of the Owls with his free throw followed by a put back, putting Kennesaw State up by three with 3:37 to go. Brown then put in two freebies to give KSU the five-point edge with just :41 remaining, followed by two from junior Delbert Love to set the Owls up by four. After a Stetson tip-in from Brian Pegg, it was clutch free-throw shooting from Brown as the sophomore sank two to seal the road win for KSU, making the Owls winners on the road. Following first whistle it was KSU that went up by three, Coleman sinking a triple just over a minute into the contest to put the Owls up. Coleman then made it a four-point advantage with a free throw one minute later to make it a 4-0 edge for Kennesaw State. The Owls held onto the lead until the 13:38 mark of the first, when Stetson's Kentwan Smith hit on a layup to put the home team up by one, 10-9. Rucker made the SU lead a short lived one, as the power forward put in two freebies to put the Owls back in the lead at 14-12 with under 12 to go. Coleman then went on to break a 14-14 tie with two free throws with nine on the clock before a dunk by Willy Kouassi gave KSU the 18-14 advantage. After a Stetson tie knotted things up at 22 with just over two minutes remaining, KSU answered with a run of its own, Delbert Love kicking in a three to put the Owls up 25-22. Bernard Morena then added a three of his own followed by two more from the stripe from Coleman, giving KSU the largest lead of the half for either team at 30-24. KSU then took a 30-26 lead into the break following two shots from the free-throw line from the Hatters. Following the intermission the Owls quickly extended their lead, going up by seven at 37-30 after a Love three-pointer. A 6-0 run from the home team then put the Hatters within one at 40-39, but KSU answered, going up by three after three free throws from Nigel Pruitt, 43-39, with 11:38 on the clock. The Hatters weren't done, however, going on a 7-0 run to take a three point lead, their first since early in the first half, at 46-43 with nine to play. The game then played to a 54-54 tie with just over four ticks left before the Owls outpaced their opponents to take the four-point win.
Owls Take Home A-Sun Road Win, 67-63 Over Stetson
KSUOwls.com | Feb 22