Owls cap tourney run with national championship

The Kennesaw State University men’s basketball team received a hero’s welcome at Hartsfield−Jackson International Airport on Sunday night after clinching the first national championship in the history of the program a day earlier.

Georgia (Mar 30, 2004) — The Kennesaw State University men’s basketball team received a hero’s welcome at Hartsfield−Jackson International Airport on Sunday night after clinching the first national championship in the history of the program a day earlier.

The Owls throttled Southern Indiana in Saturday’s nationally televised NCAA Division II championship game‚ winning 84−59 at the Centennial Garden in Bakersfield‚ Calif. The win was the 26th in a row for Tony Ingle’s Peach Belt Conference and South Atlantic Regional champions‚ who finished the season 35−4.

Saturday’s hero was two−time Peach Belt Player of the Year Terrence Hill‚ who scored 26 points in the final and was named MVP by the CBS broadcasting team. Georgy Joseph added 15 points for the victors‚ while Kevin McDonald chipped in with 10.

Randy Holbrook had 15 points to lead Southern Indiana‚ which fell well short of its season scoring average against the vaunted Kennesaw State defense. The Screaming Eagles (28−7) had the momentum early after bolting to a 10−2 lead‚ but the Owls took control from there‚ carrying a 30−24 edge into the locker room and then pulling away in the second half.

This is the fifth Div. II team championship won by Kennesaw State since joining the NCAA during the 1994−95 school year. The other titles came in baseball (1996)‚ softball (1995‚ 1996) and women’s soccer (2003). The baseball team also claimed an NAIA crown in 1994.

While Ingle and his players were writing their names in the history books‚ a large crowd of students‚ faculty and staff packed the lounge of the Carmichael Student Center to watch the game and celebrate the victory. Another on−campus celebration‚ this one featuring Coach Ingle and the team‚ is now in the works. Details will be posted when they are announced.

Complete coverage of KSU’s championship run can be found at www.ksuowls.com.




 

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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