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The men’s basketball team crushed Salem State 89-64 in their first game of the season. The Owls scored 10 consecutive points after giving up the opening basket and never trailed again, steadily pulling away the rest of the game. Senior and preseason All-American Ty Nichols led the Owls with 22 points, including an 11-of-11 showing from the free throw line. On top of that he added a team-high of seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore James Anozie added 16 points to the score, 6-of-9 shooting. Sophomores DeVon Beasley (who shot 4-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from deep) and Miguel Prieto each had 12 points of their own. KSC took a 39-29 lead into halftime.
The Owls shot 42% from the field. They made 5-of-10 from long range to pull away in the second half. Nichols kept up the pressure scored four points in a row for a 43-33 advantage with 17:49 left. The teams traded baskets from there and Beasley quickly made it 50-43 at the 14:18 mark. After that the Owls scored 11 consecutive points in less than two minutes to go up 61-43. Nichols had a two different three-point plays and Diallo made a triple of his own. Nichols was a scoring machine, scoring 14 of his 22 points after halftime to help lead the Owls to victory. Beasley added nine to the score, helping KSC finish the game out 89-64.
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