Senior Demond Robinson scored a career-high 24 points, and No. 1 seed Kennesaw State survived a last-second rally from upset-minded Queens on Tuesday Night, to advance to the semifinals of the ASUN Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time in six years with a 67-66 victory Tuesday night in a quarterfinal contest from the Convocation Center. The Owls moved to 24-8 overall with the victory, and will now host fifth-seed Lipscomb on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a game to be streamed live on ESPN+.
Kennesaw St. Head Coach, Amir Abdur-Rahim was relieved.
“I’m the luckiest coach in America, I really am. I’ve got 16 guys in that locker room who allowed me to coach them, who allow me to push them. Because they allow me to do that, we’re able to battle and fight out wins like tonight.”
Notes going into Thursday Night:
-KSU’s 24th victory of the season extends the school record (Division I era) for most wins in a season, as the previous record was 14 in 2016-17. It also surpasses the Owls’ total wins from the previous three seasons combined (19).
-KSU advances to the ASUN semifinals for the first time since 2017, and just the third time ever. The Owls are 0-2 all-time in the semifinals, but this will be the first time KSU is the higher seed.
– Lipscomb also brings a three-game win streak into Thursday night, following three road wins in the state of Florida. Up until that point, the Bison had posted just four wins all year on the road.
– In the only meeting between the two teams this year, the Owls jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead and never looked back on the way to an 85-72 victory. KSU shot 48.2% in the game against one of the top FG% defensives in the ASUN, including 51.9% in the second half.
Tickets are available at KSUOwls.com, while all KSU students are free with a valid student ID while supplies last.