KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women easily cleared their first Jayhawk Conference hurdle Saturday but the Blue Devil men literally ‘fouled out’ in their attempt to make the opening conference twin bill a sweep.
Outscored 21 points from the free throw line, the Blue Devils dropped a last second 81-78 decision to Labette after the 11th ranked Lady Blue Devils had cruised to a 77-46 win over the Lady Cardinals.
The win boosted the KCKCC women to 10-1 heading into a home game Tuesday with North Central Missouri at 5 p.m. to be followed by a men’s game pitting KCKCC (8-3) against Iowa Western at 7 p.m.
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.