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Blue Knights drop shootout

The visiting Falcons from Notre Dame College ruined a career night by Urbana University junior C.J. Reid (pictured). Reid came off the bench to notch UU career highs for points and rebounds, but the Falcons flew away with a 96-87 win on Wednesday night at the Grimes Center.

Reid was feeling it early, scoring 6 points and grabbing 6 boards in his first four minutes of floor time. His tip-in with 12:32 to play in the first half put the home team up 16-14 early.

Notre Dame encouraged the quick pace with a full-court press. Behind point guard and leading scorer Tyree Gaiter, the Falcons took a 41-38 lead into the break.

The visitors kept the Blue Knights at bay for much of the second half, but Urbana never allowed the deficit to reach double digits. Anthony Capuano’s free throw with 8:34 to play returned the lead back to Urbana, but missed free throws and an off night from deep cost the home team down the stretch.

The Blue Knights shot just 61% from the charity stripe, giving away 14 points at the foul line. Three for 20 shooting from behind the arc didn’t help as NDC widened the gap late.

Before fouling out with a little over two minutes to play, Reid racked up 25 points and 12 boards for UU. He shot 10 for 16 from the field in just 27 minutes of action. The forward also finished with 2 assists and 2 blocked shots. Fellow junior Danny Goins also turned in a strong performance for the Royal Blue and White. Goins connected on 8 of 13 for 23 points and 4 assists. Ramel Mitchell and Ognjen Rebic chipped in 12 points apiece, and guards Josh Brown and Capuano provide a big boost off the bench. Brown had 6 points and 3 assists, all in the first half, and Capuano finished with 4 points and 2 assists in the second half.

Gaiter led all scorers for NDC, finishing with 26 points, 9 assists, and 4 steals.

With the loss, the Blue Knights fall to 4-3 at home this season. Overall, Urbana is 9-12.  Notre Dame improves to 7-11.

On Saturday afternoon, the team takes its 0-2 conference record against Trevecca Nazarene University. The Trojans currently sit a spot ahead of UU at 1-1 in the G-MAC standings. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. in UU's Grimes Center. The women's game between UU and TNU tips off at 1:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame induction of former athletic director and men's golf coach Bill Blazer will take place after the doubleheader in the UU Student Center at approximately 5:30 p.m.

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