KENNESAW, Ga. -- Sherwood Brown scored 19 points as Florida Gulf Coast squandered an early lead, then rallied to defeat Kennesaw State 68-59 Monday in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams.
The Owls (1-12), who have lost 11 straight, led most of the second half and were ahead 50-48 with 7:13 left.
The Eagles (9-5) then held Kennesaw State without a field goal while building a 62-53 lead. Delbert Love broke the Owls' drought with a 3-pointer with 1:33 to go, but Florida Gulf Coast made 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to win.
The Eagles, who have won three of their past four, jumped out to a 21-5 lead at the 11:44 mark.
The Owls (1-12) fought back, scoring the last eight points of the first half to lead 36-35 at the break.
Love's 16 points led Kennesaw State and Aaron Anderson had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.