Georgia Southern 62 Kennesaw St. 46
We got the opportunity to ask Head Coach Lewis Preston a handful of questions in the press conference posted above, so be sure to check it out.
- Honestly, I can’t really think of a true positive to take from this game. All of the positives were cancelled out by negatives–the solid start to the game being negated by the bad stretch in the second half and Markeith Cummings having a great first half and then scoring only six points in the second. Nobody else really stood out as having a good game.
- On second thought, I think shooting 71% from the free throw line is a positive.
- The second half spun out of control in a heartbeat. After a Delbert Love three pointer with 14:43 to go in the second half which pulled the Owls to within two points (34-32), the implosion began. In a span of under five minutes and 30 seconds, GSU extended their lead from 2 to 18. An exciting and competitive ball game was flipped upside down in just a few moments.
- The Owls need to find their identity. Who are they? They have awhile to answer that question. Conference games are the ones that truly count in the standings and those don’t start until December 31st.
- Kennesaw State struggled with the GSU zone in the second half. GSU has a lot of length and KSU has…well…small guards all around. There just wasn’t a lot of movement with purpose on offense for much of the period.
- In the second half GSU was getting open threes and knocking them down. For a stretch of time it felt like they hit five in a row. Unacceptable.
- 2013 commitment Jordan Jones would have been ideal for this game. He’s 6’8″ and can knock down three pointers to help neutralize their zone.
- Yonel Brown is going to take time. I know I know, I hyped him up, but I think the physicality/speed of the game are a bit much for him right now. Assistant Coach Marty McGillan was coaching him up on the bench after he took a seat following an errant pass.
- Myles Hamilton needs to be more aggressive and attack the basket. He has more ability than he’s been displaying and when the Owls can’t get anything going I would like to see him try and draw a foul.
- Insult to injury: this was GSU’s first non-conference road win since December 2006.
- Jordan Montgomery was out of action tonight with an injury but should be back Saturday vs. Chattanooga. With Montgomery out of action, the Owls didn’t have a single player between 6’2″ and 6’5″. Adding a big guard should be a priority before the start of next season.
- Aaron Anderson appeared to be wincing in pain for a short while in the second half. He returned to the game later on so it obviously wasn’t anything too serious.
- Redshirt center Willy Kouassi had his left arm in a sling.
- NBA scouts were in attendance to get a look at Markeith Cummings (and Eric Ferguson of GSU).