Division I Kennesaw State Pulls Away from Men's Basketball Late

Division I Kennesaw State Pulls Away from Men's Basketball Late

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.

Senior center Tom Inungu led the team with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting while junior guard Justin Hughes added 15 points on 5-of-12 from 3-point range.

The Petrels will start their regular season on Tuesday, when they welcome Toccoa Falls to Dorough Field House at 8 p.m.