Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Kentucky Wesleyan Dismantles Fort Valley State

(23) Kentucky Wesleyan 102
Fort Valley State 61

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

Though the rankings didn't come out until midway through the game, the Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team showed the makings of a top-25 squad Tuesday afternoon.

The results of this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll just made it official.

The No. 23-ranked Panthers, closing out a six-game homestand, overwhelmed Fort Valley State for a 102-61 victory at the Sportscenter and their sixth win in a row.

Five players scored in double figures for KWC (9-1), and all nine Panthers scored at least seven points.

Jordan Jacks led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Ken-Jah Bosley scored 16 points. Devin Langford finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Adam Stanford and C.J. Blackwell added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

KWC coach Happy Osborne said he was glad about the poll results for the fans, but acknowleged that his team doesn't have much time to celebrate before hitting the road in a few days for Sunday's game against Northwood in Michigan.

"Nobody is more proud of our tradition than I am," said Osborne, whose Panthers were last ranked on Feb. 5, 2013. "It's a new Kentucky Wesleyan. Our goal is to be nationally relevant.

"This is early and doesn't do a thing for us, but if we can take it and build on it — I would like to think if we can get to the top 25, that we can get to the conference tournament. We've got a chance here, and now it's time to really go to work."

The Panthers wasted little time in getting to work against the Wildcats (2-6), as KWC opened the game on a 19-7 run.

FVSU fought back and cut the lead to five points on Maritea Duke's 3-pointer with 11:06 left in the first half, but the Panthers surged back ahead for a 53-32 advantage at the break.

The Wildcats never got within 20 points in the second half, and KWC took its largest lead of the game on Stanford's layup with 1:09 remaining that pushed the lead to 102-57.

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