The Kentucky State University men’s basketball team defeated Trevecca Nazarene, 89-81 in a non-conference game Thursday at the Exum Center.
Kentucky State (6-9) gained momentum by hitting some key shots early and used several highlight plays in the second half to finish off the visiting Trojans (5-13).
Senior guard Antonio Sullivan connected on a 3-point shot on the Thorobreds’ first possession of the game to get things started for KSU.
The hot shooting continued all game long, with the Thorobreds hitting 50 percent (28-of-56) of their attempts from the floor including 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from beyond the arc.
Kentucky State built its first half lead to as many as 21 points when Sullivan finished off an alley-oop pass from Darquell Pulliam to put the Thorobreds ahead 44-23 with 3:23 left in the half.
On the Trojans’ final possession of the first half, TNU guard Nick Drake put up a shot in the lane as the clock ran down, but senior forward Brandon Darrett sent the shot right back with one of his game-high four blocks.
KSU took a 47-29 lead at halftime.
With 6:26 left in the game, Troy Adams hit a 3-pointer that put the Thorobreds ahead 78-56. The Thorobreds were balanced offensively with six players in double digits.
Darrett led the way with a team-high 15 points and also added nine boards, just one shy of finishing with his seventh double-double of the season.
Sullivan and Adams finished with 12 points each. Darrien Wilkins finished with a double-double, picking up 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Ulysses Thomas III and Crain finished with 10 points each. Crain, playing in just his second game this season, finished with a game-high five assists.
The Trojans were led by guard Byron Sanford who finished with 18 points and three rebounds.
Big men Jordan Bedwell and David Woodard finished with 13 points each.
Kentucky State returns to conference play with a two-game road trip. The Thorobreds play at Miles College Saturday and LeMoyne-Owen Monday.