Men's Basketball Stands Tall Against #1
When the Knights last played Ohio Christian University on January 14th, KCU left the game with a 1-11 record, after losing in Circleville by 19 points, 73-92. But this Knights team was not the same one that OCU had seemingly walked on a few weeks ago. KCU has won 7 of 9 games since then, and is beginning to play with confidence, precision, and teamwork. While they played a really nice game, the Trailblazers played a really nice game as well, shooting .567 from the floor, including .522 from three point range. While KCU was .514 from the floor, and .321 from behind the arc, the size of OCU was at times difficult to overcome. It was an exciting game to watch because of the relentlessness of KCU's attack, but the Knights came up just short, at 91-97.
The scoring in tonight's game was divided evenly, with all 5 starters making it to double digits. Trevor Hunt had 23 before using his final foul with less than a minute to play to send OCU to the line, in hope of a miss. Dylan Genung had 20, and a good many of those came in the paint, some on drives, but two came on rebounds that he put back. Caleb Ford had 15, and led the rebounding with 8. Tyler Farley had 14 points, and he and Ford each carded 5 assists. But it may have been Ace Puckett, with his 10 points on 5 of 5 shooting, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal that kept the crowd in the game and the pressure on OCU.
KCU carded 18 assists, while the Trailblazers had 13, and KCU had 5 fewer turnovers than their opponent, and stole the ball 1 time more than OCU. While the Knights did not get the mark in the win column tonight, there is no doubt that they proved to themselves that they have what it takes to compete with the #1 team in the country. The Knights have the weekend off, and host Ohio University-Chillicothe on Tuesday.