KSU advances to regional final
It will be an all−Peach Belt Conference final in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic men’s basketball regional. Top seed and regional host Kennesaw State University will battle No. 2 Francis Marion on Tuesday night for the right to advance to the national quarterfinals in Bakersfield‚ Calif.
(Mar 15, 2004) — It will be an all−Peach Belt Conference final in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic
men’s basketball regional. Top seed and regional host Kennesaw State University will
battle No. 2 Francis Marion on Tuesday night for the right to advance to the national
quarterfinals in Bakersfield‚ Calif.
Kennesaw State (31−4) advanced to the finals Sunday night with a 70−55 over Columbus State University‚ another Peach Belt foe. It was the fourth win of the season for KSU over Columbus State‚ including a 72−70 decision in last week's Peach Belt Conference tournament final.
Earlier Sunday‚ Frances Marion (27−3) punched its ticket to the South Atlantic championship game with a 95−78 rout of Bowie State.
The final will be held Tuesday night at the Spec Landrum Centre. Tip−off is scheduled for 7 p.m. This will be the second time the two Peach Belt rivals have faced off this season. In the first meeting‚ played Jan. 31‚ KSU prevailed 63−60 at the Spec Landrum Centre. Both teams carry top−10 national rankings into the rematch.
The Owls currently boast a 22−game winning streak. They last tasted defeat Jan. 2 at Lenoir−Rhyne. Thus far‚ KSU is 5−0 in the postseason‚ winning three straight games in the Peach Belt Conference tournament and two more in regional play‚ beginning with a 78−63 victory over Catawba on Saturday.
Frances Marion is also 2−0 in the regional‚ edging Peach Belt foe Armstrong Atlantic 86−84 on Saturday before dispatching Bowie State in Round 2.
More information on the tournament can be found at www.ksuowls.com.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.