Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kentucky State Comes Up Short at LeMoyne-Owen

LeMoyne-Owen 82
Kentucky State 71

Final from Memphis, Tennessee

Game recap by KSU:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Kentucky State University men's basketball team came up short, 82-71, in a SIAC match-up against the LeMoyne-Owen College Magicians on Monday evening at Bruce/Johnson Hall.

LeMoyne-Owen improves to 11-9 overall and 7-4 in SIAC play while Kentucky State falls to 5-14 overall and 3-9 against SIAC competition.

After both teams had success on the offensive end in the opening half, KSU connected on 40 percent of their attempts and LOC hit 42 percent, the Magicians took a slim four-point lead, 41-37, into the locker rooms.

The Magicians hit 54 percent of their field goal attempts in the final half, going 13-of-24 from the floor. Despite LOC's hot shooting, the Thorobreds refused to go away quietly. There were 16 ties or lead changes in the first 13 minutes of the second half.

With 7:47 left in the game, LeMoyne-Owen's Rashawn Brown picked up a technical after fouling Ulysses Thomas III. Thomas stepped to the line with KSU trailing by two and sank four straight free-throws to put the Thorobreds ahead by one, 62-61.

Unfortunately for Kentucky State the Magicians got a spark from the technical and went on a huge 14-0 run over the next five minutes to push their lead to 13 points, 75-62, with 3:44 left on the clock. From there LOC kept the pressure on as it coasted to the West Division victory.

One bright spot for the Thorobreds was the fact that they hit a season-high 96 percent (21-of-22) from the free-throw line as a team.

Thomas finished the game with his second straight 20-plus point performance, dropping in a team-high 23 points. Thomas went a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Darrien Wilkins finished with 13 points and seven boards. Malcolm Smith added 11 points.

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