Knights Take Down Patriots
Morthland College is a small and new college in Frankfort, IL, in only their second season of athletics. Their Men's Basketball team, down to only 7 players now due to injury, came to town on Saturday for the first ever meeting between Morthland and Kentucky Christian University. It was an exciting game, played well by both squads, and had the desired result, when KCU won the game at the score of 101-93.
The Knights controlled the opening tip, and Tyler Farley rebounds and puts back for the opening bucket of the game. Then KCU saw the Patriots on an 8-0 run before a Coach Reed time-out to settle the troops a bit. The Knights responded with a run of their own, and were up 11-8 at the 14 minute mark. The game teetered back and forth for the rest of the first half, with KCU finding themselves down by 1 at the break, 44-45.
The second half started with KCU falling a few points further behind as a result of a few fouls that Morthland was able to convert. But then the Knights found their rhythm, and put together a run of their own, and found themselves up 54-52. Down the stretch of the next few minutes, the lead changed several times, and each team went up by 3 or 4 points a couple of times each, before KCU started to pull away after one of the Morthland big men fouled out at around the 6 minute mark. The Knights then stretched the lead to as much as 9 points, before closing out the game at 101-93, with Morthland scoring a calling time-out several times, but KCU managed to get the ball up the court and into the hoop to hold down a comeback attempt.
The Knights were led in scoring by Caleb Ford with 24, Trevor Hunt with 22, and Tyler Farley with 21. Dylan Genung threw in 13, several of which were from the paint. James Chafins played strongly, and dropped in 11 points and had 3 boards, 2 of which were offensive rebounds that were put back for points. Ace Puckett had 8 points and 5 rebounds, while Farley was the rebounding leader with 9. The Knights shot .485 from the field, including 9 of 16 from the arc, for .563, and were .813 from the line. They tallied up 25 assists, with Genung managing nearly a third of those, with 8. Morthland shot .500 from the floor, but were 11 of 28 from the three point line. Morthland outrebounded KCU 44-34, but committed 23 fouls, to just 11 for KCU.
Kentucky Christian University's Men's Basketball team is now 8-12 on the season, but is 7-4 in the NCCAA, and 7-1 in the Mid-East Region. On Tuesday they face #1 Ohio Christian University, the only region team to which the Knights have lost. Game time is 8 PM, after the women play at 6 pm.