Cedarville Women Hold Off Late Blue Knight Charge
The visiting Yellow Jackets from Cedarville University sank their first four shots from deep and hung on for dear life in an important three-point conference win over Urbana University on Saturday afternoon. Cedarville saw a 19-point lead evaporate over the final seven minutes, but the visitors defended a pair of late game-tying attempts by Blue Knight Ciara Geiger to stave off a late Urbana rally in a 77-74 victory.
The Yellow Jackets came out red hot, taking a 20-5 lead on the strength of their outside shooting. After 15 minutes of action, Cedarville had connected on better than 60% of their attempts, while the Blue Knights failed to crack 20% from the field.
Urbana used a late 11-5 first half run, spurred on by a couple of tough driving lay-ups from junior guard DeVonyea Johnson, to cut the deficit to 16 at the break.
Urbana opened the second half on a 6-0 run to continue to chip away at the Cedarville lead, but the deficit was still 19 points with under seven minutes to play.
Geiger and Johnson rattled off 13 straight points during a 20-4 run to pull the Blue Knights within a three-pointer to tie the game at 77. Geiger got two looks from behind the arc to tie the game in the final 14 seconds. The first was blocked. The second rimmed out at the buzzer.
Geiger finished with a game-high 25 in the defeat. She shot 8 of 15 from the field and added 4 steals on defense. Johnson tallied 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Sophomore center Kate Francisco was the only other Blue Knight in double figures with 14.
The loss drops the Blue Knights to 6-12 overall and 1-1 in the G-MAC. Cedarville improves to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in the G-MAC. Conference play continues for the Blue Knights on Wednesday night as the team travels to area rival Central State University for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.
Cold Shooting Costs UU Men in Conference Opener
The Urbana University men’s basketball team opened Saturday’s contest with conference foe Cedarville University ice cold from the field. The Blue Knights made just one of their first 16 shots on their way to a 78-61 loss in the G-MAC opener against the Yellow Jackets.
Urbana finished the first half with just five field goals and one assist, shooting a woeful 17.9% from the field. Cedarville, meanwhile, rode the inside play of Zimmy Nwogbo, who knocked down 10 of his 14 attempts from the field, including 5 dunks. Nwogbo finished with a game-high 30 points and 11 boards, and as a team, the Yellow Jackets connected on better than 50% of their attempts.
The Blue Knights briefly trimmed the second half deficit to 53-46 on a C.J. Reid jumper, but the 7-point margin was as close as the home team would get down the stretch. Three for 28 shooting from behind the arc (10.7%) sealed Urbana’s fate in their fourth loss in the last five outings. Cedarville secured its first G-MAC win, and improved to 8-7 on the year.
Junior guard Danny Goins led UU with 19 points on 7 of 18 shooting. Goins’ backcourt mate Ramel Mitchell added 14 points, but the duo combined to shoot just 3 of 17 from behind the arc. Reid was the only other Blue Knight to reach double figures (10 points), but he missed all five of his attempts from deep. Sophomore forward Casey Baker pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the second half.
The Blue Knights (7-10) take a break from conference play on Wednesday night, traveling to D-II Independent Salem International University for a 7:00 p.m. start. Urbana defeated the SIU 91-62 earlier this season in a tournament hosted by Central State.