Cunningham was 6 of 7 from the arc while Philip Whittington added 19 points, Josh Cuthbertson 10 points and Ramel Thompkins 11 rebounds for the Spartans (15-9, 5-2 Atlantic Sun), who have won four of their past five games. Upstate made 10 of 18 3-pointers.
Cuthbertson scored the game's first points but Kennesaw State then took the lead for the rest of the first half and held it until Cunningham's basket gave Upstate a 45-44 lead with 13:40 remaining. Malik Moore's 3-pointer gave Upstate the lead for good at 54-51 with under nine minutes left.
Masterson made two free throws to cut it to 77-73 with 16 seconds left but Whittington added a pair right after that.
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