Kennesaw State will be playing its most important basketball game in school history on Sunday.
On Thursday night in the ASUN Men’s Basketball Semifinals, as the No. 1 seeded Kennesaw State Owls scored the final six points of the game to earn its first-ever trip to the conference championship game with an 80-71 win over fifth-seed Lipscomb on Thursday night. In front of a crowd of 3,137, the fourth-largest in school history, the Owls claimed their second win over Lipscomb this season to improve to 25-8 overall, while the Bisons fell to 20-13.
The Owls are now set for No. 2 seed Liberty on Sunday, Mar. 5 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, with the winner receiving the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Sunday will mark the first nationally televised men’s basketball home game in Kennesaw State history.
The game is a sellout, but student tickets remain.
Notes heading into Sunday:
-KSU’s 25th 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).
-The Owls have both advanced to their first-ever ASUN Championship game and won two games in the ASUN tournament for the first-time ever. Dating back to last season, KSU has won three of its past four games in the conference tournament.
-This will be the second-ever meeting between KSU and Liberty in the ASUN Tournament. The Flames were the No. 1 seed in the 2021 tournament when they claimed a 69-59 win over the eighth-seeded Owls in the quarterfinals in Jacksonville, Fla.
-KSU is 1-9 all-time against Liberty but broke a nine-game losing streak with an 88-81 win over Liberty on February 16 in Kennesaw.