The Royals tipped-off the game at 7 p.m. however, KCU was the first to score. The Royals led the entire first half, leading 53-43 at half time. The second half of the game was even more intense as the Royals strived to stay ahead of their opponent.
“I feel like we came out…energy is huge. We had a tough game on Wednesday where honestly the spring semester low had hit us,” Royals’ Coach Brandon Perry said. “It was tough—Milligan got us and we knew this was kind of backs against the wall for our season.”
Kenton Guillon led the team in scoring with 22 points, while Taylor Gilpin contributed 21 points. The game ended with a win for the Royals, 107-98. Perry said the team knew they needed to have a good night and the team responded.
“I think, the best defense I’ve seen in my three years here at Johnson was played tonight,” he said. “It’s a great team—KCU is an amazing team, they’re second in the country right now, so to knock them off is a big win for us. Hopefully we’re going to jump up in the standings come Tuesday.”
Although the Royals won the game, Perry said the team still has room for improvement.
“But that’s the encouraging part, is that we know we can be better and still end up winning this game,” Perry said. “I think we’re where we need to be.”
Many students and faculty attended, dressed in white, to show support for the team. The crowd, many of which had kazoos, remained loud throughout the entire game as they cheered on their basketball team.
“Oh man, this was again, in three years, this is the best crowd I’ve seen at Johnson. It was awesome how they came out and supported us all, in white in the stands,” Perry said. “I was extremely proud of our student body tonight. Hopefully this is the start of a big home stretch, so hopefully we see more of the same.”
The next home game will be against Berea College 7:30 p.m Tuesday.