FOULS FOIL BLUE DEVIL MEN
A 32-20 difference in fouls was pivotal in the Blue Devil men's loss. Not only did Labette convert 35 of 47 free throws to 14 of 19 for KCKCC, fouls kept starters on the Blue Devil bench for lengthy spells. Of the nine healthy Blue Devil players Saturday, one fouled out and six others had four fouls each.
Labette guard Tevin Foster made the most of the fouls, draining 16 of 18 free throws on the way to a 41-point performance highlighted by a torrid 7-of-8 three pointers. Leading by eight points early in the second in a game that had five ties and six lead changes, the Blue Devils still led 63-60 with six minutes to go. However, Labette used an 11-3 run to go ahead 71-66 and still led 81-76 with 10 seconds left when KCKCC nearly pulled off a miracle comeback. After Austin Hall's rebound field goal cut the lead to 81-78 with four seconds left, the Blue Devils forced a turnover only to have C.J. Vallejo's tying 3-point attempt go astray.
Hall led the Blue Devils with 17 points and five rebounds while Ray Ridley added 12 points and Joe Lendway and Andre Runnels 10 each. Ridley also had seven assists and Vallejo six assists and nine points. Lendway led rebounding with six and Armoni Shorter had five but KCKCC was outrebounded 39-28 and buried from 3-point territory as the Cardinals were 8-of-14, KCKCC 8-of-26.