Ahsan Asadullah scored 28 points and Micheal Buckland added 25 to lead Lipscomb to a 85-73 victory over Kennesaw State on Thursday.

The loss was the Owls’ seventh straight and dropped them to 1-15 overall and 0-3 in ASUN Conference play. Kennesaw State will get a week off to regroup before traveling to Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday, followed by a trip to NJIT on Jan. 18.

Lipscomb (7-9, 2-10) led 39-31 at the half, then expanded the lead to 21 points at 76-54 with 5:46 to play before Kennesaw State went on a 17-1 run to cut the deficit to 77-71. The run was spurred by nine points from Tyler Hooker, who returned to the lineup after missing the last four games with an eye injury.

Hooker finished the game with 24 points.

“I’m really proud of our group,” Kennesaw State coach Amir Abdur-Rahim said in a release. “To be on the road with eight guys and battle the adversity we’ve battled — we had four guys with the flu this week and we are just trying to get healthy, and I’m really proud of the fight they showed. No moral victories, but I think we’re at one of these stages where we have been before where we are right there ready to push through and we have to stay true, stay true to our practice habits, stay true to, in a sense, just each other and what we’re trying to do. I think, if we do that we’ll turn the corner and start to win some games here in our league.”

Kennesaw State outscored Lipscomb 19-5 over a 4-minute span to head into the final minute of play trailing 81-73, but that was as close as the Owls would get. The Bisons knocked down four straight free throws to secure the win.

Hooker and Jamie Lewis each scored 15 points in the second half. Lewis finished the game with a career-high 24 points and added eight rebounds.

“It’s what we’ve been hoping to get to all year,” Abdur-Rahim said of Hooker and Lewis. “That’s just what we’ve been looking forward to getting to and, hopefully, getting a little bit healthier here in the next few weeks and getting a few guys back. Hopefully, we can capitalize on having those two guys, who are really dynamic guards, on the court and figure out a way to get the ball in their hands more and help them become, not only better scorers, but better decision makers.”

Ugo Obineke joined Hooker and Lewis in double figures with 10 points.

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