Conference wins have been hard to come by for Kentucky State's men's basketball team, and coming in Monday was LeMoyne-Owen College - a team that had beaten KSU 85-78 last month in Memphis.
"This was a very important game," KSU's Jason McGowan said after the Thorobreds broke a six-game conference losing streak with a 75-69 win at the Exum Center. "This game we had to have to get in the groove of winning again.
"We had to get back to playing as a team," he added. "After we did that everything is coming all right. Everyone feels a part of the team. What the slump was is that people didn't feel like a team, but now everyone's working hard to get a win."
McGowan did his part, scoring a career-high 29 points Monday. He was perfect on three-pointers (5-for-5) and 11-for-17 on all shots. He opened the game with three straight three-point shots, putting KSU ahead 9-0.
"We had to set the tone early," McGowan said. "We wanted to let them know we were coming out to not lose any more games. When we went down there we got off to a slow start, but we wanted to send a message that we're turning it around."
While the Magicians were able to pull within a point, 19-18, midway through the first half, by halftime K-State was up 41-30.
"Our conference is so tough," KSU coach Winston Bennett said. "It's tough to win on the road so you almost have to win at home, but we haven't held serve here. This one we had to have."
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