Men's Hoops Picks Up Home Win Over Kentucky Christian 75-65
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Ohio Christian University (18-8) sits atop the National Christian College Athletic Association rankings and wanted no part of an upset as they dumped Kentucky Christian University, 75-65, Tuesday night in the Maxwell Center.
Trey Vaughan made sure the evening went in the right direction as he drained five of seven field goals from three point range. Coming back from an ankle injury after missing two games, the sharpshooting Vaughan caught fire in the second half, allowing OCU to widen a 30-27 halftime margin.
“I got hot so I kept shooting,” Vaughan said. “They were in that 2-3 (zone defense) and my eyes got wide. I was waiting for them to change the defense but they never did so I went for it. That was their mistake.”
Four different Trailblazers posted double figures with Vaughan’s 17 out in front. James Nelson tallied 15 with Wesley Russell and Evan Mills collecting 11 each.
“We’ve been number one (in the rankings) for a while and now everyone is coming after us,” OCU coach Tony Stockman said. “The key for us is playing basic fundamental basketball and being smarter on the floor. We’ve been working on it (but) we need a leader to take charge on the floor from the beginning of the game.”
The Trailblazers controlled the boards, pulling in 11 more rebounds (37-26) than the Knights and used the free throw line to their advantage, hitting 21 of 24 attempts (88 percent).
“We’re coming together as a team in lots of ways,” Vaughan added. “This team has a lot of new faces and it seems like now we’re starting to get it all together. Whoever we play is going to have to come right at us to beat us but I like the way it’s all starting to jell.”