Day: January 17, 2015

Owls Suffer 79-61 Setback on the Road at Lipscomb

Kennesaw State sophomore guard Deandrea Sawyers (left)Photo credit: Kennesaw State Athletics
Kennesaw State sophomore guard Deandrea Sawyers (left)
Photo credit: Kennesaw State Athletics

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Sophomores Deandrea Sawyers and Aareon Smith led the Kennesaw State women’s basketball team, but it was not enough as the Owls dropped their first Atlantic Sun Conference contest of the season, 79-61, to Lipscomb on Saturday evening (Jan. 17) at Allen Arena.

“It was a bad loss because we did not put the effort forth,” said head coach Nitra Perry. “We talk a lot about maturity level of the team and going in a game at 2-0 and being on the road, a mature team, a team that is going towards a championship comes in and puts a team away. They just wanted it more than us. They looked like ‘we cannot lose this game tonight’ and we kind of felt like we had a 2-0 start, so we had kind of arrived. I think it is a really fine line between being confident and arrogant and I thought that tonight we did not respect the name on the jersey.”

Sawyers continued her dominance in conference play with a team-high 24 points and nine rebounds, while also draining five three-pointers in the process. It was her third-straight 20-point game and fourth of the season. Smith added 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while junior Jasmine McAllister chipped in nine points and eight rebounds.

After four quick points from the Bisons (6-11, 1-2) to start the contest, the Owls (13-5, 2-1) took its first lead of the game at 7-6 with a 5-0 mini run at the 16:36 mark of the first half. Both teams then traded the lead back-and-forth over the course of the next several minutes, before Lipscomb used an 11-0 run to take a 29-19 advantage with four minutes remaining in the half.

Redshirt-freshman Kelly Dulkoski broke the Bisons run with a three-pointer on the wing to bring the Owls within 29-22 with 2:52 left on the clock. Back-and-forth action closed the half with Smith draining back-to-back buckets to send KSU into the break trailing the Bisons, 35-26.

The Bisons pushed its lead to 39-26 out of intermission, but the Owls responded with six-straight points to close the gap to seven points with 16:22 left on the clock.

Lipscomb built its double-digit lead back up, before KSU brought it down to 49-42 with an 8-3 mini spurt with 10 minutes to go. The Bison answered with seven-straight points for a 56-42 lead.

With just under eight minutes to go, the Owls brought the score within 59-49, but Lipscomb took control of the game with an 18-7 run over the next seven minutes to seal the 79-61 win.

As a team, KSU shot 38.3 percent from the floor on 23-of-60 shooting, but struggled to stop the Bisons, who shot at a blistering 53.8 percent on 28-of-52 shooting, including a 60.9 percent clip (14-of-23) from the field in the first half and a 57.1 percentage (4-of-7) from beyond the arc in the second half.

The Owls totaled 15 assists on the night, with junior Karly Frye and senior Kristina Wells each handing out five helpers. KSU forced 13 Bisons turnovers for 17 points, but were hampered with 13 turnovers that Lipscomb turned into 16 points

KSU dropped the rebounding battle, 36-34, but grabbed 14 offensive boards in the setback.

The Bisons won the battle of the paint, posting 38 points to the Owls’ 24.

Ashley Southern led all scorers and registered a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Danay Fothergill poured in 18 points for the Bisons. Chandler Cooper added 16 points for the home team in the win.

Lipscomb Makes 14 Treys to Sink Kennesaw State men’s basketball, 91-77

Kennesaw State guard Yonel Brown Photo credit: Kennesaw State Athletics
Kennesaw State guard Yonel Brown
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The Kennesaw State men’s basketball team lost a shootout against the Lipscomb Bisons 91-77 on Saturday, January 17.

“We can’t give up 91 points and expect to win the game,” head coach Jimmy Lallathin said. “It comes down to one thing and one thing only and that’s we have to defend. It’s a level of pride of finding a guy and guarding a guy. That’s what it comes down to defensively. Offensively, 77 points is a solid output. We got to the free throw line the way we’ve been talking about. We’ll take the positives away from this and continue to get better from the top down.”

Damien Wilson once again set a career high in points as well as having his second career double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

“Damien Wilson was tremendous,” Lallathin added. “He continues to get better and better every game. I thought he stayed in character as well as anybody throughout the game. We expect him to be a scoring, slashing, athletic guy on the boards and he did that.”

Yonel Brown also reached the 20-point mark for the second game in a row finishing the game with 21 making 13 of 14 free throws.

Wilson came out aggressive and put Kennesaw State up early sinking two free throws and finishing a layup to go up 4-0.

The Owls grabbed their biggest lead of eight after Wilson drained a jumper with 14:22 to go in the opening half. After that the Bisons got hot from the outside.

Lipscomb got its first lead of the game when Josh Williams hit one of his eight three pointers on the afternoon to go up 21-19, but Brown answered right back with a three of his own to put the Owls back up by one.

Wilson pushed the run to 8-0 after getting an old-fashioned three-point play and hitting another jumper as the Owls went back up by six with 9:38 left in the first half.

The Bisons caught fire from there hitting four threes with Williams making three of them to go on a 19-1 run over the next seven minutes to push their lead to 40-28.

The Owls went into the locker room down 47-36 after Bernard Morena hustled for an offensive rebound and beat the buzzer with a layup.

Delbert Love struck first after the break to get the lead to single digits at 47-38, but the Bisons continued with their hot shooting making two more threes to push their lead to 15.

KSU got within 10 points two times, but Lipscomb’s offense was too much. The Bisons shot 14-27 from behind the arc for the game.

KSU sank 31 of 41 free throws in the game. The Owls also outrebounded Lipscomb 41 to 39.

Georgia State men’s basketball falls to Appalachian State, 74-69

Georgia State forward Markus CriderPhoto credit: Georgia State Athletics
Georgia State forward Markus Crider (33)
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Appalachian State overcame a double-digit second-half deficit to earn a 74-69 win over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Convocation Center. Senior Ryan Harrow led the Panthers with 21 points, but Georgia State hit just 14-of-23 from the free throw line which proved too much to overcome.

Appalachian State (5-10, 2-4 Sun Belt) snapped a four-game losing streak as Frank Eaves scored 27 points, knocking down 8-of-14 from 3-point range.

Georgia State (11-7, 4-3 Sun Belt) saw its two-game winning streak come to an end. Junior Markus Crider recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Georgia State led by one, 69-68, with 49 seconds to play, but never scored again as the Mountaineers went 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final four seconds.

“This is a disappointing loss,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “The game came down to free throws and we didn’t make them. You have to give credit to Appalachian State. They went on a run late in the second half when we could have put the game away. They used the momentum to even the score and come away with a victory.”

Junior R.J. Hunter scored the first seven points of the game for Georgia State and with his second field goal moved head of Terrence Brandon into second-place in GSU’s all-time scoring list. He will enter Monday night’s game just 23 points shy of Rodney Hamilton’s school-record 1,515.

Tied 17-17 halfway through the first half, the Panthers responded with a 12-2 run to take a 29-19 lead with 5:31 to play. Harrow scored six points during the stretch and finished the first half with 15.

Georgia State shot 78.3 percent in the first half to take a 40-30 lead into the locker room. The Panthers finished with 26 points in the paint, but Appalachian State staying in the game with nine second chance points off seven offensive rebounds.

The Mountaineers opened the second half on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to just two before Georgia State responded and pushed the lead back up to as many as 11 with just under 11 minutes to play.

Eaves 3-pointer with 6:15 to play tied the game 62-62, the first time Appalachian State did not trail since under 10 minutes to go in the first half. After a lay-up by Ryann Green gave the Panthers a one point lead, Eaves responded with another 3-pointer to give Appalachian State its first lead of the second half.

Folllowing a free throw by Green with 4:48 to play, the Panthers went three and half minutes without scoring before a pair of free throws by Harrow gave Georgia State its last lead, 69-68, with 49 seconds remaining.

Green finished the game with seven points, tying a career-high for the second game in a row.

Georgia State shot 57.8 percent for the game and held Appalachian State to just 36.7 percent shooting, but the Panthers gave up 17 offensive rebounds that led to 15 second chance points. The Mountaineers finished 12-of-29 from 3-point range and made 18-of-24 free throws.

Tommy Spagnolo added 22 points and six rebounds for the Mountaineers, while Chris Burgess chipped in with 14 points and five assists.