Kennesaw 67 South Carolina St. 65 (OT)Follow @KSUOwlHowl
The Owls took advantage of two pre-game technical free throws to hold off South Carolina State by those two very points. Markeith Cummings hit a jumper with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Owls a 67-65 win. They avenged a 104-98 double overtime loss at the Convocation Center last season.
Note: Congratulations to Aaron Anderson for earning Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors for his efforts vs. Tennessee and SCSU.
I didn’t see the game, but here are some quick random observations from the box score.
- After out-rebounding Tennessee, KSU lost the battle of the boards 39-31
- KSU shot under 40% for the game. That has to improve.
- The Owls won this game on turnovers. SCSU shot the ball at a higher clip but the Owls put up ten more shots due to SCSU turning the ball over nine more times than KSU. The team is playing aggressive defense!
- KSU jumped off to a nice lead, about 10-13 points if I recall but they went through some slow stretches again.
- Shooting 26% from behind the three point line is unacceptable.
- Markeith Cummings really stepped up after his disappearing act vs. Tennessee. He shot 8-14, added 3 assists, a block and a steal in addition to the game-winning shot.
- Aaron Anderson had his second straight double-double.
- Freshman Nigel Pruitt isn’t putting up big numbers but he’s doing something right; he earned 22 minutes of playing time. He did have a big steal and got fouled on a breakaway dunk vs. SCSU. His effort and length have to be appealing to the KSU coaches. Cummings praised his play in his post-game interview which is posted above.
- The Owls are committing a lot of fouls, but that’s youth and aggressive play.
- Freshman Myles Hamilton had four steals and three assists in 28 minutes. I’m not sure if he’s fully healthy but he hasn’t turned the ball over yet this season.
- Delbert Love had a poor shooting night but he will bounce back. He had the big assist that gave Cummings the game winning shot.
- I liked that SCSU only shot 5-14 from three. I’m guessing many of those shots were contested like vs. Tennessee.
- Freshman Yonel Brown had a game to forget, but it will only make him a better player for this weekend’s three games.
- Freshman Jordan Montgomery scored five points in eight minutes.
- The Owls shot 67% from the free throw line, which is a big improvement from Friday but not where they want to be.
- Andrew Osemhen was not very efficient, picking up four fouls in nine minutes.
- Brandon Dawson made the most of his time.
- The Owls led in points in the pant, points off turnovers, second chance points and bench scoring.
- Delbert Love played 44 out of 45 minutes. Aaron Anderson played 42 and Markeith Cummings 38.