The Urbana University men capped a ten-day tour of Hawaii with a win in their third and final game on Friday night. In a game that tipped off at 1:30 a.m. eastern time, the Blue Knights dropped the Vulcans from the University of Hawaii at Hilo 98-64.
Last weekend, the Blue Knights dropped a pair of games in a span of about 16 hours to BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific, leaving Urbana hungry for a win in their Aloha State finale.
The Vulcans raced out to a quick 11-6 lead, but a 16-2 Urbana run ended the suspense early. Urbana outscored the home team by 17 points in each half, cruising to the 34-point road win, their largest road win in 8 seasons.
The Blue Knights dominated the Vulcans on the glass, out-rebounding the home team 47-25. Senior guard Armond Battle struggled to find his shooting touch, but he grabbed a game-high 9 boards to go with 14 points and 3 steals. Sophomore forward Casey Baker scored a career-high 16 points and pulled down 7 boards in just 20 minutes of action. The Blue Knights were led by Danny Goins' 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting in 26 minutes off the bench. Goins also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Junior forward C.J. Reid also reached double figures, adding 11 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
The win equals Urbana’s record at 6-6 on the season while the Vulcans slip to 1-7 overall.
After returning to the mainland later this weekend, the Blue Knights will travel to future conference foe Glenville State College on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.
Lady Blue Knights
Urbana University sophomore Ciara Geiger erupted for a career-high 31 points on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough in the Blue Knights 78-67 loss against the NAIA's 7th ranked squad from St. Francis University.
Geiger put on a shooting clinic in a return to her hometown. The Ft. Wayne native tied a school-record with 9 three-pointers on 13 attempts from behind the arc. Only one D-II player has made more than 9 threes in a game this season, and it's the second time in Geiger's career she's notched 31 points. The last time came in a home win last January 8th.
Unfortunately, the rest of the Blue Knights went cold from behind the arc, shooting a combined 2 for 19 from dowtown. The undefeated Cougars took advantage by outscoring Urbana 26-14 in the paint. The balanced home team got five players in double figures, while only Geiger reached double digits for the Blue Knights. Geiger's biggest supporters came from UU centers Kate Francisco and Andrea Vogel. The duo combined for 16 points and 14 rebounds on 7 of 12 shooting, but it still wasn't enough to overcome the Cougars' domination in the paint.
The loss is Urbana's 7th straight away from home. The Blue Knights slip to 2-9 overall. St. Francis, playing for the first time in two weeks, improved to 11-0. Urbana returns home on Wednesday night to host the University of Findlay. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.