Knights Meet Boyce College
When the Bulldogs from Boyce College stepped off the bus, their height advantage was apparent, but after having beaten them earlier, KCU was confident that size would not be a determining factor. The Knights controlled the tip, but turned the ball over on the first possession. Boyce scored, then hit two triples to put them up 8-0. KCU followed with a two, then a three. Point guard Dylan Genung drove for the lay-in and Clay McKinzie sank two free throws to put KCU ahead 11-10. A steal by Ace Puckett and a block by Derek Lawson kept the game close, but Boyce would stretch the lead to 7 for much of the remainder of the half. With baskets by Andrew Roberts, David Darden, Lawson and Genung, KCU closed the gap and went into the locker room down just 2, at 35-37.
The Knights’ defense held the first possession, and Darden elevated above the Boyce big man for a soft floater in the middle, pulling the score even. The first part of the half was tightly contested with five ties between 37 and 57 points. After a timeout around the nine minute mark, Clay McKinzie intercepted a pass and got the ball to Genung for the the lay-in. A three pointer put Boyce ahead 60-59, and then back-to-back baskets put KCU back up 63-60. The Boyce timeout at about six minutes didn’t slow down the Knights, and soon after, the Bulldogs found themselves with four players in foul trouble and KCU up by seven. The Knights held this lead, and even stretched it to eleven at one point, and finished off the Bulldogs 86-77.
Clay McKinzie led all scorers with 25, which included four three-pointers; David Darden had 18, while Genung threw in 16, including 9 of 10 free throws. Andrew Roberts dropped 16 points on 8 of 10 shooting, and led the team in steals with 4. KCU was 26 of 33 from the line, while Boyce only had 11 attempts. The Knights are now 12-14 on the season, and next meet Crown College at home on Friday at 6 PM.