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Blue Knights fall in Hawaii, Lady Knights lose by eight

While you were sleeping, Blue Knight senior guard Armond Battle (pictured) was busy scoring. Unfortunately, Battle's 31 points weren't enough in Urbana University's 103-88 loss at BYU-Hawaii on Saturday night (or early Sunday morning, depending on your location).

The loss came on Day 2 of Urbana's 11-day trip to the island state. Tip-off came at 7:30 p.m. local time, or 1:30 a.m. Urbana time. The high-octane Seasiders tried to take advantage of any lingering effects of jet lag by playing at an incredibly fast pace. The strategy worked as the home team outscored Urbana 14-6 down the stretch to put away the Blue Knights.

BYU-Hawaii also benefitted from a 20-9 run to open the game. The early lead allowed the Seasiders to keep the Blue Knights at bay for most of the contest. 

A late 11-1 run, including 9 points from Battle in a span of 90 seconds, pulled the visitors within 7 points at 89-82 with just over 2 minutes to play. That's as close as the home team would allow Urbana, ending the game by scoring 14 of the final 20 points.

Battle led all scorers with 31 points, including 17 of 20 from the free throw line. He also pulled down a team-high 5 boards and swiped 5 steals. The only other Blue Knights in double figures were veteran guards Danny Goins and Ramel Mitchell, who each chipped in 12 points. 

It's the second time Urbana has scored 85 or more points in a loss this season. The Blue Knights' last loss on November 27th was an 88-85 defeat on the road at Edinboro. Urbana falls back to .500 at 5-5, while BYU-Hawaii improves to 4-3 overall.

The Blue Knights are back at it 17 hours later at Hawaii Pacific University.  Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. Hawaii time, 8:00 p.m. eastern.

The Urbana University women's basketball team saw a double-digit lead slip away late in the second half in a narrow loss at Wheeling Jesuit University on Saturday afternoon. The home Cardinals knocked down key free throws down the stretch to complete the comeback in a 75-67 victory.

Leading 48-47 halfway through the second half, Urbana ran off 10 straight points, including 8 from sophomore guard Ciara Geiger, to grab a double-digit lead. The Cardinals quickly answered with a 10-0 run of their own to get back into it.

The teams traded baskets and leads back and forth over the next four minutes. With the score tied at 65 with under 2 minutes to go, the Cardinals got hot at the charity stripe. The home team knocked down 8 of their final 10 free throws to hold off the Blue Knights, who suddenly went ice cold from the field. Urbana made just 1 of their final 6 shots to drop their fifth straight game on the road.

Geiger kept up her torrid scoring pace in the loss, leading UU with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting. Blue Knights Kate Francisco (14), Kennedy Boggs (12) and Jessica Saffold (10) also reached double figures. Francisco notched a double-double by pulling down a game-high 10 boards, and Boggs swiped a game-high 5 steals.

Urbana (2-7) faces its toughest challenge on Wednesday night. The Blue Knights travel to nearby Wright State University to battle the D-I Lady Raiders. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

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