|Second Half Surge Boosts Kennesaw State Past Stetson 73-57|
Second Half Surge Boosts Kennesaw State Past Stetson 73-57
DeLand, Fla. -- After a nearly even first half, Kennesaw State outscored Stetson 52-35 in the final 20 minutes of play en route to a 73-57 Atlantic Sun Conference victory Saturday night at the Edmunds Center.
The league-leading Owls (11-8, 9-1 A-Sun) won their seventh game in a row behind 18 points from Ronnell Wooten, 16 points from Golden Ingle, and 15 points from Andre Morgan.? The Hatters (2-15, 2-7 A-Sun) dropped their fifth straight.
'We probably could have been up by 10 or 12 points at halftime if we had just finished some plays offensively,' Hatters head coach Derek Waugh said.? 'In the second half, we just couldn't get a defensive rebound.? And Golden Ingle dominated the way the game was played - he was phenomenal.'
The Hatters led 22-21 at the break and extended the lead to three on a three-pointer by Anthony Register at the 16:06 mark.? But the Owls answered with a 10-1 run capped off by a three ball from Isreal Ingle to march? ahead 41-35.? Kris Thomas helped pull Stetson back to within one within on a three-pointer at the 9:18 mark, but Kennesaw followed with a 21-4 run to break the game open.
In the final 20 minutes of play, Kennesaw State shot 60 percent from the floor (15-25) and outrebounded Stetson by 10.
'To get outrebounded by a team smaller than you is certainly not good, but it seemed like every offensive rebound they got was at the most inopportune time for us.'
Morgan collected nine rebounds while Wooten added eight boards, including five on the offensive end.? Golden Ingle dished out eight assists.? The Owls scored 15 second-chance points and 16 points off the fast break.
Register led the Hatters with a season-high 20 points, while Garfield Blair added 12 points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes.? Blair started in place of E.J. Gordon, who served a one-game athletic department suspension for academic reasons.
Stetson, which entered the game ranked fifth in the nation in free throw percentage, made just 10 of 16 free throw attempts (63 percent).? Kennesaw went 21-for-28 from the line (75 percent).
'I am not down on this team and I believe we can come back,' Waugh said.
The Hatters will complete their three-game homestand on Tuesday night vs. Mercer.? Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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