On a night when a win would get Grinnell a playoff berth, it seemed the moon and stars were aligned against the Knox men’s basketball team. Knox came out firing on all cylinders and kept the game close early. But with a conference playoff berth at the end of the tunnel, Grinnell turned on the jets and pulled away to put the game out of reach by halftime. The Knox men fell 100-80 in their final road game of the year.
The 11-11 tie with 13 minutes remaining in the first half was the last time Knox would either be tied or in the lead. An 11-0 run soon after put Grinnell up big, and they ran away with the game, literally. By halftime Knox trailed by 20, and the second half provided a chance for players with few minutes throughout the season to shine.
Knox shot 53 percent from the field to Grinnell’s 39 percent, but Grinnell shot the ball 86 times over the course of the game, while the Prairie Fire only shot 58 times. Grinnell made 21 three-pointers which only thrust the dagger deeper. In the final road game in the career of Knox coach Tim Heimann, Knox had 29 turnovers. With five Knox players playing over 26 minutes in the game, Grinnell’s breakneck pace never allowed Knox to get on track.
Knox junior Zach Kirven led the team in scoring with 23, while shooting 11-13 from the field. Senior Josh Moten scored 16 points in the loss. Senior Grant Kluge contributed 13 points to reach double digits.
Saturday afternoon, alumni will flood Memorial Gym for the final game of Coach Tim Heimann’s career. Seniors Josh Moten, Grant Kluge, Rusty Coon and John Baillie will also step onto the court for the final time in a Knox uniform. The atmosphere will be festive Saturday as we honor those who have contributed so much to Knox in their time on campus, and in the gym.