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We’re going to do things a bit differently here at the Owl Howl. If you’re looking for a summary of the game with some quotes mixed in, check out the KSUOwls.com write up and watch the postgame press conference (above). We are going to give you our opinion with some facts sprinkled in.
- The team chemistry is greatly improved. Addition by subtraction at this point.
- Markeith Cummings passed up shots that he never would have in the past. He is buying into Coach Preston’s offense and looks ready for the season.
- Yonel Brown is the real deal. He hit 4 of 7 from three point land (one miss was a heave at the end of the game). He is a true point guard and pretty much did whatever he wanted to whenever he wanted to. You can’t tell that he is a freshman.
- Walk-on Kris Drees was aggressive and confident offensively. He could fight for some leftover minutes.
- The giant video board was great. It showed who was on the floor on the left side with their points and fouls at all times while the game is being shown on the rest of the screen. They did instant replays during the game breaks.
- Brandon Dawson shot it well from the outside and appeared more confident than last year. He only played seven minutes which was likely to keep him healthy, but he made his presence known. He only played one minute in the second half.
- The team came out much stronger in the second half, and even though the numbers may not show it, it was a tale of two halves. Piedmont was clearly outclassed during the final 20 minutes.
- Andrew Osemhen showed some increased confidence offensively, and attempted some moves in the post against the smaller Piedmont players.
- Jordan Montgomery showed flashes of what he’s capable of throughout the night. He had an athletic block in the first half. Must improve defensively.
- Delbert Love didn’t have to handle the ball as much as he did last year with Brown taking it up the court.
- Nigel Pruitt is a raw talent that needs time. I liked his hustle but he must get better defensively as well as offensively by playing within the rhythm of the offense.
Did not like
- The outside shooting has to get better.
- The interior defense is going to be a problem all year. There isn’t a shot-blocker on the roster.
- Kennesaw didn’t match Piedmont’s energy in the first half.
- Kennesaw didn’t take advantage of Piedmont’s lack of size in the first half.
- Cole Hobbs missed all five of his three pointers. I will chalk it up to freshman jitters. He won’t have a 5 shot leash most other games.
- Hobbs was the only Owl to not score a point. He did give great effort and hit the floor diving for loose balls a few times.
- A few of the freshmen didn’t seem fully comfortable in the offense. They need to be more proactive rather than waiting around.
- #21 on Piedmont did a mini celebration every time he made a three. He should check the scoreboard more often.
- Myles Hamilton warmed up, and even dunked but he didn’t play due to injury. He is very doubtful for the Tennessee game.
By the numbers
- Love and Brown combined for 13 of the team’s 14 assists and only had one turnover.
- Love had four steals to go with his seven assists.
- Cummings led all scorers with 23 points on 11-15 shooting.
- Brown hit four triples but the other three freshmen combined were 0-10 from three point territory.
- Not counting Brown, the Owls were 1-15 on threes.
- KSU more than doubled up Piedmont in the second half 47-23
- KSU went into the half with six assists and seven turnovers but they finished the game with 14 assists and ten turnovers.
- The Owls outscored Piedmont in the paint 46-12 and 28-8 off turnovers.
- Kennesaw State didn’t allow any fast break points all game.
- The largest lead was KSU by 40 with under two minutes to play. Piedmont never had the lead.
- After shooting under 63% from the stripe last year, KSU hit 11 of 15 which is good for 73.3%.
- Yonel Brown played 38 minutes which was nine more than the next closest player.
- Piedmont did not record a block.