The rivalry between Kentucky Christian University and Cincinnati Christian University dates back for decades and has been the longest, sustained opponent for the Knights. But this edition may have topped them all as KCU pulled out a 123-116 win in 2OT against the Golden Eagles Dec. 17.
There were 14 total lead changes and 14 ties throughout the contest even though the Knights held a 16-pt lead early in the first half. Not deterred, CCU continued to chip away at the lead until they had taken a 45-42 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Through the duration of the second half, it was evident this game would be close until the end, the problem was that neither team would concede a lead as the buzzer sounded … not through regulation … not through the first overtime … but only after the clock had expired following the second OT period.
KCU would place an astounding seven players in double-figures led by the duo of Ethan Leist and Austin Robinson who tallied 28 pts each. Leist was 9-12 from the floor and 5-6 from the arc while Robinson went 11-19 and 2-4 from 3-point land. Cole Gilliland and Connor Maddox chipped in with 15 pts apiece along with 13 each for Kyle Browning and Owens Crawford.
It's amazing to think that Travis Weaver's 10 pts were only good enough to place him in 7th position in the scoring column on this night. With six rebounds each, Gilliland and Weaver tied for the team lead and Browning led all players with seven assists.
As a team, the Knights shot .537 overall and .471 from the arc. In what was the deciding factor in the game, KCU shot .950 from the charity stripe on 19-20 attempts as compared to the Golden Eagles and their .571 on 12 -21 free throws. Those extra seven makes were the exact margin of victory for Kentucky Christian on this night.