#NestNotes: Owls Stay Hot in the ASUN

The Kennesaw State men's basketball team stayed hot winning its fourth game in five tries after defeating USC Upstate on Saturday, February 4. The Owls were 7-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to ice the game 84-79

Redshirt senior Kendrick Ray was named ASUN Player of the Week for the second time this season after scoring 22 points against Upstate. He went 4-4 from the free throw line in the final minute to put the game on ice for Kennesaw State.

Aubrey Williams had his 14th double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The two senior captains were great on Saturday, but KSU's bench came up big providing scoring boosts when they entered the game and ended up outscoring the Spartans bench 35-13.

James Scott led the way with 18 points on 6-8 shooting. In the second half, Scott scored seven points in a little over two minutes of action to put Kennesaw State back up 9 with a couple of minutes to play.

Coming into the game, Upstate led the ASUN averaging 40.1 rebounds per game, but the Owls were determined to limit them on the boards. Kennesaw State ended up outrebounding the Spartans 41-32 in the game.

After defeating Upstate, the Owls have a 7-3 record in the KSU Convocation Center ensuring themselves to have a winning record at home for the second straight season. Kennesaw State has three home games remaining in the regular season.

Kennesaw State's record is now 11-14. The 11 wins matches the win total from a season ago, and it is the third season in a row that the Owls have had double-digit victories. The most victories that Kennesaw State has had in a season since joining Division I is 14 during the 2006-07 season.

The Owls are 5-4 in the ASUN and are tied for third in the conference with USC Upstate and North Florida. This week the team heads to Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast for their last road trip of the regular season before heading home for the final three games. KSU's next home game is Thursday, February 16 against Jacksonville.


Kyle Hess

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