Lane College came into the Exum Center Saturday night and did what the Kentucky State men's team could not: shoot the basketball.
KSU was unable to consistently hit shots from inside or out while Lane scorched the nets shooting 49.2 percent from the field, including 43.8 from behind the arc, which resulted in a 75-61 win for the Dragons in front of 1,130 in attendance.
Lane was able to attack inside as well as from the perimeter the entire game. As evidence, Lane's widebody center Zachery Bright scored a game-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting while adding 11 rebounds, and the perimeter pair of Jason Williams and Roderick Thomas combined for 29 points on 12-of-25 shooting.
The result forces KSU to go back to the drawing board to improve certain deficiencies that Lane exposed.
"We need to improve on our defense effort," KSU assistant coach Phil Mahin said. "They came out hot, so we just need to work on the defensive side. Usually our defensive effort has been there, we've been doing pretty well, been holding guys down pretty well. But today we fell back a little bit. The guys slipped up a little bit but we'll be back again."
KSU held its own for the majority of the first half and only trailed 33-30 with just under two minutes remaining. Then the Dragons used a momentum-swinging 12-3 run to close out the half and extend its lead to 45-33 at intermission.
"It really put us in the hole," senior guard Michael Dupree said of the run. "Being down 12 really had a big outcome in the game."
KSU had a hard time overcoming the run and could never seriously counter with a run of its own.