Knight Basketball Hosts Salem International University
On Friday evening, the Knights hosted Salem International University in the first home basketball game of the season. Salem was large in size and in number, but the Knights were not intimidated. KCU's Dylan Genung controlled the tip, and the Knights put the first points on the board. For several minutes, KCU held themselves right in the mix, even having the lead early, but eventually Salem International University took control of the scoreboard with several baskets inside the paint by their numerous big men. At the half, KCU was down by 16, at 57-41, but was still playing strong most of the time.
In the second half, the game turned to a foul-fest, and much time was spent at the foul line, but KCU did not take advantage of this fact as much as did S I U. The Knights shot only .571 from the line, which was only a little better than their .527 from the field. Had KCU been able to hit free throws at a strong pace, the score would have been much closer.
KCU was led in scoring by Caleb Ford with 28 points. He was 8 of 15 from the field, 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and 9 of 12 from the line. Tyler Farley had 18, while Trevor Hunt dropped in 14 and Dylan Genung had 13. The Knights had 23 turnovers while forcing 24 themselves. Salem pulled down 35 boards while the Knights had 31 as a team. In spite of the score deficit, KCU played strongly and with control most of the time, and they worked the ball well as a team. Salem International had players listed at 6'9", 6'6", and two at 6'5", and this size advantage seemed to be more of the difference of the score than any other factor. While it goes in the books as a loss, KCU played a good game, and gave the home crowd something exciting to look forward to for the remainder of the season.