Kennesaw State’s men’s basketball team began their season and tournament on Friday November 8th against the Youngstown State Penguins. The Owls, led by point guard Delbert Love, struggled to score in the first half with only 21 points, while the Penguins, led by the guard Perry Kendrick, scored 34 points in the first half. Kennesaw attempted to push back with a run of their own, mainly from guards Yonel Brown and Delbert Love, as the owls put up 36 more points in the following half, but Youngstown stood firm as they put up 39 more points themselves to win the game 73-57.
Although the Owl’s defense was decent, their offense struggled tremendously. Once again, the Owls found themselves in free throw trouble with only a percentage of 68 while the Penguins had an impressive percentage of 90. Open shots were also missed by Kennesaw. Sharpshooter, Nigel Pruitt, was 0-8 in field goals and had to sit the majority of the second half. Inside presence in the paint was nearly non existent on offense when it came to the big men. Forward Andrew Osemhen and Center Willy Koussi, the tallest men on the court, only had a collective number of 4 attempts in the paint. Only four attempts were made by the big men! Most of the points in the paint came from Morena and Love of the Owls. Kennesaw plans to get back in acton against the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky on Saturday to get back to .500.