Florida Gulf Coast vs. Kennesaw State final score: Owls falter late in 68-59 loss

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Kennesaw State fought back from a huge early deficit, but ultimately fell to Florida Gulf Coast at home in the Owls' conference opener on Monday.

The Kennesaw State Owls fell to the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, 68-59, on Monday in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener between the two teams.

Kennesaw State (1-12) faced a 21-5 deficit early in the first half, but stormed back with a 31-14 run to close the half, taking a 36-35 lead over FGCU (9-5) into the locker room. The Owls kept pace for the majority of the second half as well, holding a 50-48 lead at the 7:13 mark. However, the Eagles turned up the heat at that point, going on a 14-3 run to take a nine-point lead with 2:08 remaining.

Florida Gulf Coast guard Sherwood Brown led all scorers with 19 points, while the Eagles' Bernard Thompson contributed 13 points and seven rebounds. Kennesaw State guard Delbert Love led the Owls with 16 points, while forward Aaron Anderson chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

The Owls will be back on the floor at KSU Convocation Center on Wednesday, hosting the Stetson Hatters at 5 p.m. ET.

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