Kennesaw State came to Atlanta to give the Yellow Jackets their first game in nine days on Monday night, after a break off for finals. In what was essentially a tune-up game for Brian Gregory’s team, the Owls actually seemed to be giving Georgia Tech a run for its money for a while in the first half.
The outsized Kennesaw State team actually held a rebound advantage for the first 8 minutes or so, which helped keep them in the game for the majority of the first half.
However, the Yellow Jackets went on a 17-2 run to end the half and lead 38-26 at the break. The would outscore the Owls 36-31 the rest of the way and end the game at 74-57 for their eighth victory of the season.
Robert Carter Jr. had a particularly strong night, scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out of the game. He was 5-6 from the field and 5-7 from the line, and grabbed six offensive boards in the process.
Trae Golden and Daniel Miller also chipped in with some solid scoring efforts. Miller took advantage of his size and led the team in scoring with 16 points on a 6-9 night, while Golden really sparked the team’s offense with some nice drives in the first quarter and finished with 15 points. He was 4-7 from the field and made a team-high 6 free throws in nine chances.
While the Jackets did come away with a fairly easy win, the three-point shooting was terrible. The team finished 2-11 (18.2 percent) from behind the arc. They came into the game 53-164 (32.3 percent and 238th in the country) and now their percentage from downtown should be at 31.4 percent.
More efficiency is going to be needed from three, if the Yellow Jackets want to have success once conference play rolls around.