01/15/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/15/2020 09:47
Game Notes: KSU
» The Kennesaw State men's basketball team hits the road for a pair of tests in FGCU Thursday and NJIT Saturday. The Owls look to scratch off a few milestones this weekend, earning their first conference win of the year, and of the Abdur-Rahim era, while securing the first road win since February of 2018.
» Redshirt freshman has been a driving force for the Owls since becoming eligible in late December. The Wake Forest transfer is second on the team averaging 13 points per game having logged 20 or more points in the last two games. Lewis is currently shooting 52.6 percent from beyond the arc over his five games played.
» made his return to the court in tremendous fashion during KSU's last game at Lipscomb, netting 24 points and a season-high three made three-pointers. Hooker missed four games due to an orbital fracture but picked up right where he left off extending his double-digit streak to six games, three with 20 or more points. Hooker ranks seventh in the ASUN averaging 13.5 points per game.
» After missing the first three games of the season due to injury, sophomore has started every game for the Owls. Obineke has continued to elevate his game netting double-figures in seven of the last eight games, tying his season-high with 19 in KSU's game against Stetson. After averaging only 4.8 points per game through his first five games, the Texas native is now third on the team averaging 9.8 points per game.
» recorded his second double-double of the year during KSU's ASUN opener against North Florida, logging a career-high 23 points to go along with 11 rebounds. It's the first 20+ point game for the redshirt-senior who scored 17 points in the second half alone. He is currently the only player to average over five rebounds (5.3) and five points (8.3) per game while leading the team with 10 blocks and 13 steals.
THE MASKED SCORER
Redshirt senior made his triumphant return in Thursday's game against Lipscomb sporting some new headgear after missing four games due to an orbital fracture.
Hooker did not lose a step, netting 24 points for his sixth straight double-digit scoring game. He has scored 10 or more points in all but three games this year, including three games with 20+ points during his current streak. He is the team's leading scorer averaging 13.5 points per game to rank seventh in the ASUN.
The Simpsonville, S.C., product reached 1,000 career points scored last season. With 1,239 points in his career, he needs just 29 more points this year to crack the KSU career top-10.
Hooker ranks second on the team with 19 assists while third for rebounds per game (4.4) and steals (9).
One of the Owls most formidable free throw shooters, he is 44-of-52 at the line this season for an 84.6 shooting percentage at the stripe. Hooker ranks fourth in the ASUN for shooting percentage and 10th for made free throws. He has only missed more than one free throw in a game once this year, going 5-of-7 against FIU.
With 325 made free throws during his KSU career, Hooker is one of five Owls in DI history to make over 300 free throws, currently ranked third on the career record list.
THE CAVALRY HAS ARRIVED
Wake Forest transfer has provided a much-needed spark for KSU since becoming eligible against Wofford. Throughout his five games played Lewis is averaging 29.2 minutes, 13.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Lewis is one of two players on the team to average double-digit points so far this year, having netted 10 or more points in three games including back-to-back 20+ point games in the Owls' last two outings.
He had one of the best games of his young career in KSU's last outing at Lipscomb, nearly recording a double-double. Lewis earned career-highs for both scoring (24) and rebounds (8) while adding two assists and two steals.
The Atlanta, Ga., native has logged three three-pointers in three of his five games, going 10-of-19 from beyond the arc so far this year. He leads the team with a 52.6 three-point shooting percentage and is one of four Owls with at least 10 made treys on the year.
After making his first career start in KSU's ASUN opener against North Florida, Lewis has started the last three games, logging 37 minutes against Stetson and 40 at Lipscomb.
YOU GO UGO!
Sophomore has taken his game to the next level over the past few weeks. After missing the first three games of the season due to injury, he has started the last 13 games making him one of two players to start in at least 13 games this year.
Obineke has netted double-figures in seven of the last eight games, including two games with a season-high of 19 points scored. Before the current stretch, Obineke did not score more than seven points over his first five games, averaging 4.8 points per game. He has since raised his average to 9.8 points per game, the third highest average on the team.
The Rowlett, Texas native has been on fire from beyond the arc, netting at least one trey in all but two games. Obineke drained a career-high four treys against Stetson, finishing 4-of-7 from distance. Obineke is KSU's leading three-point shooter with 21 made treys, shooting .356 from beyond the arc.
Redshirt senior has done it all so far this season, averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game to make him the only Owl to average over five points and five rebounds per game this year. He also leads the team with 13 steals and 10 blocks.
Lockley ranks among the league's top-15 for both rebounds per game (12th) and total blocks (11th).
The Houston, Texas native had arguably one of the best games of his career, recording his second double-double of the season in KSU's ASUN opener against North Florida. Lockley logged a career-high 23 points, 17 in the second half alone, to go along with 11 rebounds. He is the only player this year to record a double-double, with his first coming against Gardner-Webb (17 points and 12 rebounds).
Lockley is the only Owl this season to appear in all 16 games and is one of four to make at least 10 starts.
THE FILM ROOM
FGCU welcomes the Owls to Alico Arena after a thrilling overtime victory at Stetson this past weekend. The Eagles are 5-14 on the year and 2-2 in the ASUN with four of their wins this season coming at home.
FGCU has one of the top defenses in the league, averaging 6.6 steals and 4.1 blocks per game to lead the ASUN. Zach Scott leads the conference with 30 steals while Justus Rainwater (25) and Dakota Rivers (23) both rank among the league's top-5 for total blocks.
NJIT hosts Lipscomb Thursday afternoon before taking on the Owls. The Highlanders earned their first conference win of the season in their last game, downing North Florida 78-66.
Junior Zach Cooks leads the conference averaging 19 points per game while ranked fourth for total steals (24).
After this week's contests, KSU returns to the Convocation Center to host North Alabama Thursday (Jan. 23) followed by Jacksonville Saturday (Jan. 25).