The Owls (3-9) tied the game at 34-all on a Delbert Love free throw early in the second half, but they couldn’t put a stop to an offensive run by Georgia Southern (6-6) in the final 10 minutes.
“You cannot have your starters go 11-for-39 and have a chance to be successful on the road,” Kennesaw State coach Lewis Preston said in a university release. “We were undisciplined for an 8- to 10-minute stretch, and that was the difference.”
Kennesaw State struggled to get going early, allowing Georgia Southern to go on a nine-point stretch to begin the game before Orlando Coleman hit back-to-back shots to make the score 9-4 after the first 5 minutes.
Georgia Southern took its largest lead of the first half at the 8:27 mark, going up by 13. Myles Hamilton then sent in his second 3-pointer in as many attempts to cut the lead down to 10. Andrew Osemhen then started what became a 13-4 run to end the half with a pair of free throws.
Tanner Wozniak added a pair of 3-pointers, followed by another 3 from Nigel Pruitt and a layup from Osemhen to send the game into the break with a 34-30 Georgia Southern lead.
Love kicked off the second half with a game-tying four-point play after drawing a foul on a 3-pointer.
But Georgia Southern went on a 9-0 run to take the lead back for good.
Love, Coleman and Nate Rucker each finished with 10 points. Coleman grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while Rucker had six.