February 12, 2016

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Threes help KSU defeat Wildcats

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 14, 2003

The Kentucky State men’s basketball team shot better from three-point land than from inside the arc Thursday night versus conference foe Fort Valley State.

That was good enough to offset FVSU’s rebounding edge and give the Thorobreds an 82-77 win.

“This is a blessing for us to win like this,” KSU coach Winston Bennett said of his team, now 11-13 overall and 5-7 in SIAC play.

Bennett’s team has been forced to make adjustments with some key injuries. To make matters worse, point guard Marlon Walls is no longer with the team.

“We’ve won two games in a row now without a true point guard,” Bennett said.

The Thorobreds can thank lights-out shooting from the perimeter for that. KSU hit 14 of 24 three-pointers for 58 percent Thursday night. At one point in the second half, Kentucky State had made 8 of 10 tries.

“We don’t get to work on that as much as we’d like, but we’re blessed to have some naturally good shooters,” Bennett pointed out. “That’s our best effort this year on three-point shooting.”

Seven different players hit at least one three-pointer. KSU finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field, hitting 27 of 54 shots.

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