Hot Kennesaw State to face Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday

Fresh off three consecutive victories, Kennesaw State travels to play Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday night.

The Owls have won five of their past seven games to climb to 6-6 in the Atlantic Sun. The Owls defeated Stetson 92-82 on Thursday night after consecutive home victories against North Florida (101-91) and Jacksonville (90-69).

They have two games to play and haven’t finished at .500 in league play since 2007. Saturday’s game can be viewed on ESPN3, with tipoff scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Kennesaw State hasn’t merely picked on bottom-feeders, although Stetson is 3-9 in A-Sun play and tied for last in the standings. However, Jacksonville and North Florida are co-leaders with 8-4 records in league play.

The Owls are 10-18, but one-third of those losses were inflicted by Power Five schools — Alabama, Arizona State, Indiana, Louisville, LSU and West Virginia.

A surge of offense pushed the Owls to their past three wins. Yonel Brown, the team’s leading scorer, averaged 25.7 points in those games. He is at 19.2 per game for the season, second in the A-Sun. Kendrick Ray, the second-leading scorer this season, averaged 21.7 in the past three games and is at 18.4 per game for the season, fourth in the A-Sun.

Aubrey Williams has given the Owls a lift off the bench in each of the past three. He scored 47 points in 67 minutes.

Winning in Fort Myers on Saturday would be unfamiliar territory for the Owls, who have lost the past nine games against the Eagles and are 6-11 all-time against them.

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