Knights Down The Crown College
On Friday evening, 1-17-14, The Crown College men's basketball team came to Dane Damron Hall of Champions to take on the Knights in KCU's first home game of 2014. New in the lineup for the Knights would be Boyce Wooten, 6'6" center, and Tyler Carrier, 5'10" guard, and while both played sparingly, they brought some excitement to the game.
KCU got out to a strong start and led by 9 early, only to have The Crown close the gap. But the Knights found their rhythm again, and were in control by 8, at 47-39. Then after the break, the Knights extended that lead up to 12 at one point, and remained steadily ahead. With 6:19 to play, the Knights led by a score of 75-63, but at 1:10, that lead was at 78-70. In the final minute and change, KCU went to the foul line 3 times and didn't connect, and The Crown rebounded and hit a 3. With 8.1 seconds in the game, KCU was up 80-79, when Dylan Genung went to the line and hit the first of a bonus situation. He missed the second, and The Crown rebounded and shot a long 3, missing just a little, giving the Knights their second win of the season at 81-79.
Trevor Hunt's hustle down the stretch allowed him to put in several baskets, and made him the leading scorer for KCU, with 19. Dylan Genung and Tyler Farley each dropped in 17, Caleb Ford had 15, and Ace Puckett had 10. Puckett led the rebounding with 7. Farley led the Knights with 7 assists, in a game where they put 22 assists in the books.
The big news of the night was the win, only #2 thus far this season, but the addition of Wooten and Carrier to the roster spins things a little bit for the remainder of the season. When the two are up to speed and ready to compete, it just might be that spark that the Knights have needed to finish the season on an up-tick.
The Knights are now 2-11, and they host Johnson University on Saturday at 3 PM.