January 25, 2024

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Kennesaw State Owls Campus Sports
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Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN)

KSU Men's Basketball Home Win Streak Snapped Despite School-Record 37 from Burden - Play At Central Arkansas Saturday

Kennesaw State senior guard Terrell Burden scored 31 of his school record 37 points after halftime as he nearly carried the Owls to a win by himself, but too many missed opportunities for KSU in the final minutes led to a 90-84 setback to North Alabama in Atlantic Sun Conference action Wednesday night from the Convocation Center.

The loss snapped the Owls' 11-game home win streak, which had been the 19th-longest streak in the nation, and dropped KSU to 13-7 overall, 4-2 in league play.

Despite the loss, Burden's game goes to the top of the record book as the most points ever scored by an Owl in a game in the team's Division I history. He finished the night 10-of-20 from the floor, and 16-of-21 from the line while adding four assists and three steals.

His 16 made free throws are tied for second-most ever in a game. The previous school record for points was 36, held by both Tyler Hooker (2019) and Yonel Brown (2015).

The Owls will be on the road to face Central Arkansas in Conway on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. (ET) in a game streamed live on ESPN+.

Trio of Owls Earn Atlantic Sun Track and Field Athlete of the Week Awards

Kennesaw State's Olivia Brown (Track Performer) and Amelia Coker (Freshman) in earned the Atlantic Sun Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field weekly honors.

It was Brown's first career track athlete of the week award. The senior from Savannah earned a gold medal in the 60m hurdles at the Samford Invitational, recording a finish time of 8.64, which ranks first in the conference this season.

It was the first freshman of the week honor for Coker. The Ponte Vedra Beach, FL native placed fifth overall in the Pentathlon at the Samford Multi-meet posting a personal-best point total of 3,466 which ranks first in the league this season.

On the men's side, Jordan Fick was named ASUN Men's Field Athlete of the Week. It was his first career field athlete of the week honor. The junior from Bogart, GA finished second in the heptathlon at the Samford Multi Meet scoring a personal-best 5283 points, placing in the top 10 in all four of the field events of the heptathlon

 Fick won the heptathlon pole vault clearing a mark of 4.70m.

The Owls return to action on January 26-27 at the Bob Pollock Invitational hosted by Clemson.

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Want to Throw Out a First Pitch at The Shake in 2024?

Kennesaw State baseball season tickets are now on sale for the 2024 campaign as the team will compete for the final time in the Atlantic Sun Conference before moving into Conference USA.

The home slate features 23 games at Stillwell Stadium with two Power 5 programs and four in-state matchups inside The Shake.

Owl fans will get to watch the baseball team compete against in-state rivals such as Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern and Mercer inside the confines of Stillwell Stadium.

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Women's Basketball - Harden and Hooks Combine for 26 in Loss to UNA Wednesday: Host Central Arkansas Saturday

Kennesaw State's (8-11, 4-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) three-game road trip came to an end Wednesday with a 79-60 defeat to the North Alabama Lions (6-13, 3-3 ASUN) inside CB&S Bank Arena.

Junior forward Prencis Harden led KSU with 14 points on the evening. It marked her 13th game in double figures this season and 11th in the last 12 games. She posted a 60% field goal percentage Wednesday night.

Carly Hooks also secured a double-digit-scoring game with 12 points - her eighth of the season. She had five assists and four rebounds.

Joining Hooks and Harden in double figures was Keyarah Berry, who ended the night with 10 on top of four rebounds of her own.

The Black and Gold return home Saturday, Jan. 27 for Pink Day presented by Wellstar against Central Arkansas. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. inside the KSU Convocation Center.

"Pink Day is always a great day to recognize the fight and the battle of ones that we've lost and those that are currently going through the battle with breast cancer," head coach Octavia Blue said.

Saturday marks KSU's sixth-annual Pink Day game and 18th-annual event raising awareness for breast cancer.

Kennesaw State has won a program-record five-consecutive Atlantic Sun games on home court dating back to the 2022-23 season.

"Excited to get back home to the Convo and to our fans," Blue added. "We have a tremendous track record in winning conference games at home."

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Greg Harris Elevated to KSU Football Defensive Coordinator

After serving four years as the linebackers coach at Kennesaw State, Greg Harris has been elevated to defensive coordinator, head coach Brian Bohannon announced Thursday afternoon.

Harris replaces Nathan Burton who spent one season with the Owls before assuming the same role at Troy.

"I am thankful for this opportunity to be the new defensive coordinator at KSU," said Harris. "I am excited to get to work for this university, the staff, and these players. It is my goal to continue the Gold Standard as we enter Conference USA and bring the EAT mantra to FBS football."

In his four years at Kennesaw State, Harris has mentored five linebackers that received postseason accolades. Most recently, Garland Benyard was named to the 2022 Phil Steele All-ASUN Conference Team after starting all 11 games and ending the year with the second-most tackles on the KSU defense.

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Barth Named Preseason All-Atlantic Sun For Lacrosse

Kennesaw State's Hannah Barth has been named to the preseason conference team for the first time in her career, as she represented the Owls on the 2024 Atlantic Sun Preseason Women's Lacrosse All-Conference team, the league office announced on Wednesday.

Barth, a senior attacker from Herndon, Va., paced the Owls in both total points with 46 and assists with 22, while also recording 24 goals on the season, fourth-best on the squad. She started all 17 games in 2023 in her first year as a starter, and has made 48 total appearances for KSU entering her fourth year with the Black and Gold.

The Owls, who bring back a pair of All-ASUN selections as well as the 2023 ASUN Freshman of the Year in Shannon Harrington, will officially open the 2024 season on Monday, Feb. 12 with a road contest at Reinhardt. KSU will host first-year program South Florida in an exhibition contest on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11 am at Fifth Third Stadium.

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This Weeks' Kennesaw State Sports Composite Campus Schedule

Friday, January 26 - MEN'S TRACK & FIELD - @ Bob Pollock Invitational,

Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex, Clemson, SC (Day One) All Day

Friday, January 26 - WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD - @ Bob Pollock Invitational,

Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex, Clemson, SC (Day One) All Day

Saturday, January 27 - MEN'S TRACK & FIELD - @ Bob Pollock Invitational,

Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex, Clemson, SC (Day Two) All Day

Saturday, January 27 - WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD - @ Bob Pollock Invitational,

Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex, Clemson, SC (Day Two) All Day

Saturday, January 27 - WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - vs Central Arkansas Bears,

KSU Convocation Center, Kennesaw, GA, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, January 27 - MEN'S BASKETBALL - @ Central Arkansas Bears,

Farris Center, Conway, AR, 4:00 p.m. (ESPN+)

Sunday, January 28 - WOMEN'S TENNIS - @ Louisville Cardinals,

Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, Louisville, KY, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, January 29 - MEN'S GOLF - @ Sea Best Invitational,

TPC Sawgrass, Jacksonville, FL, All Day

Tuesday, January 30 - MEN'S GOLF - @ Sea Best Invitational,

TPC Sawgrass, Jacksonville, FL, All Day

Wednesday, January 31 - MEN'S TENNIS - vs Western Alabama Tigers,

Betty Siegel Courts, Kennesaw, 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, January 31 - MEN'S TENNIS - vs Western Alabama Tigers,

Betty Siegel Courts, Kennesaw, 2:00 p.m.

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