The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia State basketball player Corey Allen following the team’s practice Dec. 5 for an exclusive interview. He scored a career-high 28 points, including eight three-pointers, and seven rebounds in the Panthers’ 83-80 overtime home win over Dartmouth Dec. 3.
Topics with the redshirt junior included the Panthers victory, the team handling the holiday schedule combined with school finals, Allen playing after sitting out last season due to transferring into the Georgia State program and the team preparing to visit Mercer Dec. 7.
The Kennesaw State women’s basketball put together a total team effort as the Owls cruised to a 76-56 win over rival Mercer for their fifth-straight victory on Tuesday night (Dec. 13) in Hawkins Arena.
The Owls’ 8-2 start to the season is the best start since the 2000-01 campaign, which saw KSU open its season with a 13-2 record.
“I am just extremely excited about the victory,” said head coach Nitra Perry. “Again it was a total team effort and every game I am trying to figure out who I need to talk about, but each player has brought something different every game. Kristina Wells had an amazing game. She was focused all week and wanted this victory and that is what you want from your senior. Breonna Mosely got all the hustle plays and shot 8-for-10 from the floor. Deandrea Sawyers went 4-of-9 from the three-point line and had 19 points. Jasmine McAllister again had another double-double and what I really enjoyed was that Jas really did not get going in that first half, but she is a heck of a passer and is so selfless.”
“At the end of the day I talk about the numbers and the statistics, but the intangible is Karly Frye. Having a point guard that is never rattled and keeps the team composed is so vital. They started pressing us and with the team last year that deficit would have been cut in probably two or three minutes and I think just having Karly there was key in the victory. It does not always show in the statistics what exactly she does, but she has such a calming effect. When they were trying to cut the lead and were down by eight and she found Sawyers on the wing, I think that was the dagger. I am just proud of these kids. They are working their butts off on and off the court.”
Senior Kristina Wells paced the Owls with a team-high 20 points, on 5-of-9 shooting and a 10-of-10 mark from the free throw line, to go along with a game-high 14 rebounds and six assists. It marked the second double-double of the season for the Douglasville, Ga., native and the 15th of her career.
Junior Jasmine McAllister added her Atlantic Sun Conference leading sixth double-double of the season with 14 points, 11 boards and a season-high four blocks, while sophomore Deandrea Sawyers poured in 19 points, including four three-pointers.
It was a slow start for the Owls against their in-state rivals as Mercer (6-4) jumped out to an early 9-2 lead through the first five minutes of action.
Out of the first media timeout, KSU came alive with a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to take its first lead of the game at 11-9 with 10:40 left on the clock in the period.
Trailing by two at 21-20 with just over five minutes left in the half, the Owls put together a 7-0 run to earn their largest advantage of the period at 27-21 with 3:20 remaining.
The Bears trimmed the lead to 29-27, before sophomore Deandrea Sawyers closed the half by scoring the last five points for the Owls as KSU entered intermission with a three-point lead at 34-31.
Out of the break, the Owls used a 10-4 to widen the gap and take a 44-35 advantage early in the second half. Over the next five minutes, the Bears fought back and moved within 47-42 with 11:52 left on the clock.
KSU would answer the home team with a 13-2 run to push the score to 60-44 as redshirt-senior Breonna Mosely spurred the run with back-to-back layups to move the momentum back in the Owls’ favor.
With five minutes remaining in the game, the Bears again cut into the Owl lead at 60-52, but KSU responded with five-straight points with a Sawyers three ball from the corner, followed by a driving Wells layup to push the lead back to 65-52.
The Bears had one last push to close within 66-56 with with just under two minutes remaining, but the Owls sealed the 20-point victory with free throws down the stretch as Mosely capped the 76-56 win with a layup.
Mosely joined the trio of Wells, McAllister and Sawyers in double figures with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting and added seven boards and three blocks in the win.
As a team, the Owls had its best shooting outing of the season and converted 26-of-49 shots for a 53.1 field goal percentage, including hitting 6-of-13 treys, while holding the Bears to just 30.9 percent from the field on 21-of-68 shooting.
KSU owned the boards against the Bears and outrebounded Mercer, 42-32, while also outscoring the home team in the paint, 26-10.
The Owls handed out 16 assists on the night, with Sawyers, McAllister and junior Karly Frye each dishing out three helpers.
Precious Bridgesput in 20 points for the Bears, while Alicia Williams added 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.