Blazers Roll Past Kentucky Christian 77-54
GRAYSON, KY - Ohio Christian University (17-9, 7-0) headed south to Kentucky on Tuesday night and returned home as 77-54 winners over Mid-East Region rival Kentucky Christian University. OCU used a strong defensive effort, a big rebounding advantage, and a balanced approach on offense to run away with the game by a 23 point margin.
OCU jumped out to a quick double-digit lead in the opening ten minutes. A three point basket by Delorean Glanton gave OCU a 30-15 lead late in the 1st half. KCU battled back to within 8 points but the Trailblazers would score the last basket before heading into the halftime break with a 38-27 lead.
Ohio Christian got it going early in the 2nd half as the Blazers worked the ball to Tirrell Cumberland on the very first possession of the half. Cumberland drove to the rim and scored a quick basket while being fouled. Cumberland converted the old fashioned three point play to take a 14 point lead. The Blazers pushed the lead to 20 points with ten minutes left in the half. KCU would rally back to within 12 points after making a 8-2 run. Josh Delph would close the door on the KCU rally by hitting three straight baskets, including a layup and back to back three point daggers to put the Knights away.
OCU was led by Delorean Glanton who tossed in a team high 15 points while dishing out 4 assists. Wesley Russell barely missed a triple-double with 14 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds. Josh Delph scored 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting including 2 of 3 from downtown. James Nelson returned to the OCU lineup with 10 points and 7 rebounds in 16 minutes of action. Kenny Cooper dominated the boards with a game high 12 rebounds while also adding 3 blocks and 3 steals on the defensive end.
The OCU defense caused havoc all night for KCU as the Knights shot a frigid 19 of 65 from the field for 29.2%. Ohio in comparison shot 30 of 67 for 44.8%. The Trailblazers controlled the rebounding battle as they outrebounded KCU 55-36 on the night. The OCU depth proved to be a big factor as the OCU bench outscored the KCU bench 31-18.
OCU is back in action this weekend as they travel south to Knoxville, Tennessee to take on Johnson University and Crown College. A pair of wins this weekend would clinch the #1 seed in the Mid-East Region Tournament for the Traiblazers. OCU is currently ranked 4th in the NCCAA National Coaches Poll.