With the game tied at 91, Shawnee State’s Gavin Brown was called upon to take a pressure-packed shot as the shot clock was running down and he delivered a three-pointer from the corner to provide the Bears with the victory.
Connor Maddox had just tied the game with a “three” of his own from the left side of the arc but it was not to be, even though KCU got a good look from the corner to tie things back up. Unfortunately, the shot rattled around in the basket and came out.
Both teams shot the ball well with Shawnee hitting on 39-66 from the field including 11-19 from behind the arc and KCU making 37-75 field goals and 12-26 from three-point land. The Knights forced the Bears into 18 turnovers and were credited with 13 steals as compared to seven for the opponent.
The real difference in the outcome of this game was at the end of both halves. Obviously, the aforementioned finish but more importantly, the end of the first half where SSU converted two three-point shots in the final 12 seconds to push the lead to 12 points after the Knights had trimmed it to six. Without that micro-burst, this story could have had a different ending.
Offensively, Kentucky Christian was by Connor Maddox of the bench. He had 26 points on 10-15 shooting and 4-7 from behind the arc. Three other Knights reached double figures as Austin Robinson had 21 (9-20 FGs/2-4 3-pointers) and 17 points each for Kyle Browning (7-13 FGs/3-6 3-pters) and Cole Gilliland (7-11 FGs/3-3 3-pointers). Coming up big from the point guard position was Owens Crawford as he recorded 13 assists. Robinson and Browning led the way for KCU on the boards with nine and eight, respectively.
Kentucky Christian returns to action Thursday as they take on Wofford College. The opening tip is set for 7 p.m.