Benedict's game plan dooms KSU

By ALEX WILLIAMS State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Benedict College head coach Fred Watson knew his team had to shut down the perimeter play of the Kentucky State men's basketball team in order to be successful at the Exum Center Monday night.

He also knew if he wanted a win the team needed to stick to its guns and establish control in the paint on offense.

Well, consider Watson correct on both counts as Benedict (8-4, 8-1 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) beat KSU 77-69 in front of 570 fans.

Watson's Tigers held KSU's leading scorer, Ricky Green, to eight points on 1-of-12 shooting, including 0-of-8 from behind the arc. The eight points are 14 below his season average.

"He was a point of emphasis for us all week," Watson said. "We knew we had to take him out of the game for us to be successful."

And defensively KSU (4-8, 3-6 SIAC) could not contain Josh Obiajuwaw. Obiajuwaw, a 6-foot-6 freshman from Jos, Nigeria, shredded KSU's interior for 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

"That's basically our bread and butter," Patterson said. "We go as Josh goes, so we try to get it in to him as often as possible."

The poor shooting and lack of rebounding paved the way for defeat for the Thorobreds. Shooting only 33.3 percent from the field, coupled with connecting on only 6-of-29 three-point attempts doomed them from the start. Being outrebounded 45 to 36 didn't help much either.

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