Frankfort, Ky.- Kentucky State University men's basketball used a strong first half to blow past LeMoyne Owen College in a 100-90 victory at the Exum Center on Thursday night.
The Thorobreds (2-6, 2-1) surpassed the century mark for the first time this season, and have now won two of their last three contests. The Magicians (2-5, 0-3) have lost four straight games, including three conference matchups.
KSU played with a natural flow in the first half as senior point guard Dorian Jordan fell two assists short of accomplishing a double-double in the opening 20 minutes with 16 points and eight assists. His primary target was fellow senior guard Reggie Breeden, as the Louisville, Kentucky native went 6-of-9 from the floor, 3-of-4 from the free throw line, matching Jordan with 16 points. The Thorobreds outdueled the Magicians for a 14-point lead heading into the second half.
The Green and Gold kept the speed on cruise control, as the Magicians only drew within 10 points on one occasion in the final 20 minutes. Each team fell victim to numerous fouls, as the game slowed to a snail's pace with 51 total fouls called, including 35 in the second half.
Turnovers and points off turnovers ended up being one of the leading factors as LOC committed 12 miscues with KSU scoring 21 points off the errors.
Jordan led the team with 24 points and 11 assists in 33 minutes of action, as Breeden followed with 22 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes.
Junior forward Austin Sherrell proved to be a clog in the middle as the 6 foot 7 native of Detroit, Michigan added 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and a team-high seven rebounds.
KSU will host Lane College at the Exum Center on Saturday at 3 pm ET in a highly-anticipated matchup. The Dragons were selected as the No. 1 team in the SIAC West Division in the preseason poll, with KSU picked to finish at No.3.