Kentucky Christian hosted the Fighting Scots from Ohio Valley University for their final home game of the 2018-19 basketball season but it was not a good send-off for the home fans.
For the second time this season OVU defeated the Knights by 16 points, winning the game 111-95.
It was truly a tale of two halves as KCU shot a blistering .667 (22-33) from the floor, connected on 6-12 from behind the arc, and 10-11 (.909) from the free throw line to lead the Fighting Scots by 12 at the half.
Not to be outdone, OVU came out of the locker room for the second just as hot as the Knights were in the first half. Ohio Valley was 24-33 (.727) from the floor and an unbelievable 7-10 from the 3-point line. The seven additional 3-point baskets made by OVU were the difference in a game that saw very little defense from either team.
Connor Maddox led the team with 25-points on 9-16 from the floor with three 3-pointers. He was also 4-4 from the charity stripe and dished out a team-leading four assists. Four other Knights reached double digits with Justin Robinson’s 14 (5-8 fgs; 3-4 fts and 1 3-pter), Ethan Leist’s 12 (3-7 fgs; 5-5 fts and a 3-pter), Owens Crawford’s 10 (4-10 fgs; 2-2 fts), and Nicholas Smith’s 10 (4-5 fgs; 1-1 fts and a 3-pter). For the game, KCU shot .507 from the floor which was a very good evening’s work but it was the aforementioned difference in the shooting percentage (.286-.577) from the 3-point line that doomed any chance for the win.
The Knights also honored the lone KCU senior Michael Cooper and cheerleader Paige Kennedy in a pre-game ceremony for their dedication and efforts through their years here at KCU. We would also like to take time to say “Thank You” to Coop and Paige for the manner in which they represented Kentucky Christian, their respective squads and more importantly, themselves. You will be missed.
KCU’s next game is at Alice Lloyd College on Feb. 16. Game time is set for 3 p.m. and is the second game in a Lady Knights/Knights doubleheader with the Eagles.