KSU keeps it close at FGCU
by MDJ staff
February 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 1446 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Kennesaw State men’s basketball team had Atlantic Sun Conference leader Florida Gulf Coast in a tie game late in the second half, but the Owls couldn’t hold off the Eagles on Sunday, falling 78-68.

Delbert Love scored 22 points to pace the Owls (6-23, 3-13 A-Sun), while Orlando Coleman finished with seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Kennesaw State now finds itself in a perilous position. The Owls will need to win their last two games of the season — home contests against Jacksonville on Thursday and North Florida on Saturday — and get two losses from Stetson if they want to qualify for the A-Sun tournament. Stetson closes the season with road games at Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb.

Florida Gulf Coast (19-10, 13-3) led most of the game but had to hold off Kennesaw State, which tied the game at 48 on a Love 3-pointer midway through the second half.

Brett Comer put the Eagles back on top with a layup that sparked a 10-2 run and later sank back-to-back 3-pointers to seal the win.

Jamail Jones scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Comer finished with 18 points, Bernard Thompson 14, and Chase Fieler 12 for FGCU, which remains in a first-place tie with Mercer atop the conference standings with the win.

Myles Hamilton had 12 points and Nate Rucker 10 for the Owls.

 Mercer 73, Stetson 52: Langston Hall had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and Mercer defeated Stetson for a season sweep.

Mercer (22-7, 13-3 Atlantic Sun) trailed 27-26 before scoring nine straight over the final 4 minutes of the first half to lead 35-27 at the break. The Bears then pressed forward to open the second, extending their lead to 52-29 and capping a 26-2 run overall with 12:29 left in the game.

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