Winter Homecoming Game also Senior Night
The final home game of the season was just one of many exciting events happening on the KCU campus for the weekend of Winter Homecoming. Firstly, it was Senior Night for the Knights, and Coach Reed recognized and honored his two seniors, David Darden and Clay McKinzie. At halftime of the game, the 1987-88 National Championship team was honored during this 25th anniversary year of the first KCU National Championship of any kind.
The game was an exciting one for the crowd as the Knights started slowly and fought the entire first half to catch up with the Royal Crusaders of Crown College. KCU was able to pull ahead just before half, and sat on a 1-point lead at the break, 43-42. The second half found the Knights back on their game and enjoying the comfort of a home crowd, as they outscored Crown 48-30. Seniors McKinzie and Darden were able to celebrate their final home game in the Knight uniform with a 91-72 victory.
McKinzie led all scorers with 31 points, and pulled down 6 rebounds. Derek Lawson contributed a double-double with 26 points and 11 boards, while Dylan Genung threw in 24, with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Senior David Darden had only 1 point, but his 6 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal in only 19 minutes of playing time kept Crown busy in the middle. Andrew Roberts played strong defense off the bench, and carded 8 points along with 4 assists. The Knights are now 13-14 on the season, with one game remaining, and they approach the post-season having won 10 of the last 12 games.