Life without former head coach Winston Bennett took a turn for the better as the Kentucky State men's basketball team opened the season with a 101-83 win over Bellarmine University Saturday night at the Exum Gym.
"This is a huge win for us," interim coach Tom Patterson said of the season opener. "We needed this bad."
In the first game of the night the Kentucky State women fell to the University of Charleston, W.Va., 99-89.
Fresh off the heels of Bennett's dismissal recently for allegedly hitting player Ricky Green, the Thorobreds dominated the Knights in the nightcap.
Green was a big reason for that. He led all Thorobreds with 33 points on 10-of-20 shooting. He made 6-of-9 three-pointers.
"There's no question Ricky had a great game," Patterson said. "He came in focused tonight and made some great, big shots. He told me he was ready to go before the game and he was."
Kentucky State led just 45-35 at halftime, but the Thorobreds opened the second half with a 16-0 run. They were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
Bellarmine did close the gap to 14 with 10:26 remaining, but Green helped out with two treys. He added two more three-pointers in the final 31 seconds to put KSU over the century mark.
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