Kennesaw State Advances to Championship Game

Kennesaw State's basketball team‚ enjoying its best season in school history‚…

Georgia (Mar 25, 2004) — Kennesaw State Advances to Championship Game

Mark Toma

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BAKERSFIELD‚ Calif. – Georgy Joseph scored 24 points and Terrence Hill added 22 to lead Kennesaw State (GA) to an 81−67 win over Humboldt State (CA) in the second national semifinal of the 2004 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight at Centennial Garden.

Kennesaw State‚ enjoying its best season in school history‚ improved to 34−4 and will play Southern Indiana for the national championship on Saturday at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Southern Indiana defeated Metro State (CO) in the other semifinal‚ 83−81.

“We watched Humboldt play last night and that certainly helped us‚” KSU coach Tony Ingle said. “We had a good practice today. I was worried about our energy level but not our heart. Every time they made a run at us‚ we handled it‚ kept our composure.”

Kennesaw held a 41−37 halftime lead‚ thanks to Joseph’s 14 points and 6 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Humboldt’s Austin Nichols kept the Jacks in the game with 14 of his game−high 27 points in the first period.

Trey Shannon’s three−pointer early in the second half pulled the Jacks to within 41−40‚ but that was as close as Humboldt would get. Kennesaw used an 11−0 run‚ however‚ over the next 3:50 and would not be threatened the rest of the way. The Owls led by as many as 17 on three occasions.

Kennesaw’s trapping defense and relentless inside play were the differences. The Owls scored 27 points on 22 Humboldt turnovers and tallied 49 points in the paint to the Jacks’ 16. Joseph added 10 rebounds to his team−high scoring effort‚ and Hill added 5 steals and 4 assists for Kennesaw.

Fred Hooks posted his second double−double in as many nights for HSU with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Jacks‚ champions of the West Region‚ finished the years at 28−6.


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-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 92 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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