The Oglethorpe men's basketball team began their season with an exhibition game against Division I Kennesaw State in nearby Kennesaw, Georgia, Wednesday night. The Stormy Petrels hung tough the entire game, but the homestanding Owls eventually pulled away for the 68-57 win.
The Petrels went on a 20-3 run early in the first half to build a 26-13 lead with just over eight minutes remaining until the break. They used hot 3-point shooting to put Kennesaw State back on their heels. However, the Owls answered with a 19-0 run to flip the game in their favor, taking a 32-26 lead in the final two minutes of the first half. They led 32-31 at halftime.
The Owls appeared to be slowly pulling away in the second half, as they extended their advantage to 60-44 with 7:36 left. The Petrels used three straight three-pointers to cut it to a 7-point game with just over five minutes left, though. They held Kennesaw State scoreless over the next three minutes, giving themselves a chance, but were unable to capitalize, as they missed some shots of their own with a chance to cut the lead to four points. The Owls pulled away from there.
The Petrels will start their regular season on Tuesday, when they welcome Toccoa Falls to Dorough Field House at 8 p.m.