LakePoint, Ga. - Kennesaw State and NJIT came away with home victories on Saturday as the Owls and Highlanders outlasted their foes in tightly contested matchups.
Clutch plays down the stretch earned NJIT its first victory in the past four games as the Highlanders defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 71-68. Abdul Lewis and Anthony Tarke both tallied 17 points in the win as NJIT improved to 6-6 on the season and 6-2 at the Wellness and Events Center. Zach Cooks finished with 12 points as the freshman hit two late free throws before blocking a three-point attempt by FDU on the following possession. Diandre Wilson added 14 points for the Highlanders, who face Bryn Athyn on Dec. 22nd before wrapping up 2017 at Buffalo on Dec. 28th.
Kennesaw State toppled Bethune-Cookman for the Owls second victory of the season; both of which have come at the KSU Convocation Center. The 81-74 triumph was led by Tyler Hooker's career-high in scoring with 23 from the sophomore guard. Four other Owls finished in double-figure scoring including 13 from Anthony Wilson, who made his season debut. Nick Masterson tallied 14 points with two triples and dished out five assists while Jordan Jones and Kosta Jankovic tacked on 10 each. Hooker added five steals, four rebounds, and three assists in an all-around game for the Simpsonville, S.C. native.
Stetson nearly earned its NCAA leading fifth road victory of the season in an 88-84 road loss at IPFW. Divine Myles tallied 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting and freshman Abayomi Iyiola registered 17 points off the bench in the loss. Jacksonville fell to South Carolina State despite Jace Hogan's fifth double-double of the year with 24 points and 10 boards. JD Notae scored 17 in the loss as he added seven rebounds.
USC Upstate ended its eight-game road trip with a 77-61 loss at Jacksonville State. Deion Holmes had a team-high 18 points and Mike Cunningham scored 16 off the bench. FGCU and North Florida both ended the night with losses as the Eagles fell at home vs. Oral Roberts despite 20 points from Brandon Goodwin, while the Ospreys lost at Missouri with Wajid Aminu led UNF in scoring with 13.
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