Men's hoops falls to Kennesaw State, 83-76

Jan. 13, 2007

Box Score

KENNESAW,Ga. - Kennesaw State started the second half on a 13-4 run and withstood a late rally from the JU men's basketball team to take an 83-76 win in Atlantic Sun Conference play at the KSU Convocation Center Saturday night.

The Dolphins (7-9, 3-3 A-Sun) held a 35-30 lead at the intermission but couldn't overcome the early run by the Owls, as JU's winning streak was stopped at three.

JU had three players in double figures, led by Jesse Kimbrough and Lehmon Colbert with 17 points, with Colbert getting a team-high seven rebounds.

Kennesaw State (7-12, 3-3 A-Sun) got a game-high 27 points from Shaun Stegall, hitting 11-of-13 from the floor. Golden Ingle had 13 points and 12 assists, despite just hitting 1-of-7 from the floor.

"We didn't execute the game plan well in the second half and Kennesaw State took advantage," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We gave them too many opportunities and you can't do that against a team like this."

The opportunities for Kennesaw came on second chances and at the free throw line. The Owls had 13 offensive rebounds, converting them into 19 points, while hitting 23-of-33 from the free throw line.

JU meanwhile was 15-of-18 from the charity strip and only had 14 offensive rebounds, collecting 11 points off those.

After Kennesaw's early run in the second half gave them a 43-39 lead, the Dolphins battled back to tie the game on a layup by Colbert with 15 minutes left in the game.

The Owls came right back, pushing the lead to eight, courtesy of a 10-2 run - capped off by a layup by Stegall with 12 minutes left in the game.

JU battled back, cutting the lead to one on a layup by Tyrone Curnell that was created by the Dolphins pressure in the back court.

KSU pushed the lead back to seven with four minutes to go in the game and the Owls iced the game at the free throw line to pick up the win.

Marcus Allen had 10 points for the Dolphins, pulling down just three rebounds.

Ronell Wooten had 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Owls, with Jon-Michael Nickerson adding 12 and Brent Ragsdale getting 10.

Despite a slow start that saw the Owls open with a 6-0 lead, JU used a 9-1 run midway through the opening half to take a 10-point lead, 29-19. Kennesaw climbed back into the game with a 10-1 run to cut JU's halftime lead to five, 35-30.

The Dolphins are back in action again on Monday at East Tennessee State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.