#NestNotes: Owls Get Huge Split on the Road

After dropping the first game of the road trip to North Florida in heartbreaking fashion, Kennesaw State got the split after defeating Jacksonville 81-71 on Saturday night. The win against Jacksonville puts KSU at 2-3 in the ASUN and currently in fifth place with a home game coming up on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. against NJIT.

Against North Florida, the Owls tied up the score at 84 after a Nick Masterson three pointer, but Dallas Moore of the Ospreys had an answer hitting a long floater with 1.5 seconds left to secure the victory for UNF.

The Jacksonville game was tight early, but the Owls used a huge 20-2 run to end the half to go up 18. During the run, James Scott scored 13 of the 20 points. After building a lead as much as 25 in the second half, the Dolphins chipped away getting it down to seven points with two minutes remaining in the game, but didn't get any closer that as the Owls secured their first ASUN road victory 81-71.

With the victory, it was the first time that Kennesaw State has won at Historic Swisher Gymnasium since the 2006 ASUN season. That was the first season that KSU was in Division I. The win was also the Owls fourth win over JU in five tries.

This was the second victory in a row for Kennesaw State over Jacksonville and both have come by double digits. The victory against the Dolphins last season came at home with a 90-69 triumph.

Aubrey Williams was absolutely sensational this weekend. He picked up two more double-doubles to give him 12 for the year and averaged 20.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in the two games. Against Jacksonville, the redshirt senior posted a career high with 25 points and pulled down 16 rebounds.

Through five games of conference play, he is averaging 16.0 points per game and 13.2 rebounds per game.

Another player that had a huge impact in both games was James Scott. Against Jacksonville, he scored a career high 18 points with 15 coming in the first half. Through the five ASUN games, the freshman is averaging 11.4 points per game.

Kendrick Ray continues his stellar season as he totaled two more 20-point games with 25 against North Florida and 22 against Jacksonville. The redshirt senior also had six assists and five rebounds against the Dolphins. He leads the ASUN with 15 20-point games this season while averaging 22.4 for the season.

Through five games in ASUN play, Kennesaw State is 2-3 with the three losses coming by a combined eight points.

The games only get bigger from here as the team has three games in the next week starting with a home contest on Wednesday, January 25 against NJIT at 7 p.m. The Owls were 0-2 against the Highlanders in their first season in the ASUN.


Kyle Hess

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