Led by a Division I school-record 36 points from junior guard Yonel Brown, the Kennesaw State basketball team cruised to a 92-66 victory over Thomas University Saturday (Jan. 3) at the KSU Convocation Center in Kennesaw.
Brown led a quartet of Owls players in double figures. Junior Damien Wilson had 12, and Orlando Coleman and Bernard Morena added 10 each for Kennesaw State (5-11).
Brown provided the hot hand from the outset as he scored 20 points within the first 10 minutes of the game and had 25 at the intermission before finishing the contest 13 of 20 from the field, including four of seven behind the 3-point arc, and 6-for-6 from the foul line.
"He's (Yonel) the point guard, he's the leader of this, he has the ball in his hands a lot and I thought he made a lot of great decisions, obviously with 36 points," coach Jimmy Lallathin said. "He's a kid that works really hard off the floor and its beginning to show. I'm very happy for him, very proud of him. He continues to get better and better. You look at his three-year career here and he continues to grow. He's the player we recruited."
The Owls' junior floor leader eclipsed the schhol record of 32 points that he shared with current teammate Delbert Love. Brown earlier this season equaled Love's mark in a 77-69 victory over Chattanooga on Nov. 29.
Kennesaw State opens Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday (Jan. 10) when it travels to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on USC Upstate at the G.B. Hodge Center beginning at 2 p.m.
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