E. Kentucky 85 Kennesaw 71
Kennesaw State fell to Eastern Kentucky in a rough second half after playing a tight first half. Freshman Myles Hamilton contributed a season-high 14 points and Markeith Cummings scored 22. Here is a link to the official game story and the box score (PDF).
KSU was lucky to be within three points at the half after turning the ball over 13 times. The game got out of hand in the second half when EKU’s field goal percentage increased from 39 to 66%.
Honestly the second half in this game was nearly impossible to watch, but it’s my job to stick it out until the end. In his post-game interview Coach Preston referred to it as “almost like a bad AAU game,”–I think he was being generous. In the second half Eastern Kentucky kept running the pick and roll and they scored on almost every possession, whether it was a drop off to a baseline cutter or an open three. Most baskets were just way too easy.
10 assists and 18 turnovers. That’s not going to cut it.
Kennesaw State shot the ball over 50% for the game–but so did Eastern Kentucky and they took 12 more shots.
If Markeith Cummings didn’t become a garbage time Superman, this game would have been a 20+ point loss.
Yonel Brown seems uncomfortable when he’s being pressured and ends up making iffy passes. Once he has a better grasp of the offense and his teammates, he will be fine. The talent is evident.
Myles Hamilton did a little more tonight than the past few games. He got to the line 10 times and just has a knack for scoring the basketball. Safe to say this guy is going to be a ballplayer for the next four years.
Delbert Love is 6’0″ and led the team in rebounds with eight rebounds. He’s not afraid to mix it up.
The Owls had a tough time even getting into their offense at times because of the defensive pressure. It was a good plan by EKU to disrupt the rhythm of the young guards.
Aaron Anderson had his double-double streak snapped at two games but still added 9 and 6.
Cole Hobbs is not ready to play yet and it was pretty evident in the one minute he was in–and we didn’t see him again the rest of the game.
Jordan Montgomery didn’t play–not sure why.