The defending national champions were in trouble Tuesday night in the opening round of the regional tournament when Da'Rion King came came to the rescue for the Kirkwood Eagles.
King muscled in 12 points during a key six-minute stretch late in the game to help the 15th-ranked Eagles escape NIACC, 78-71, in a tense ballgame at Johnson Hall.
Kirkwood (24-6) will host 19th-ranked Iowa Lakes (22-8) in the NJCAA Division II regional semifinals Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
King, a 6-foot-6 sophomore from Racine, Wis., finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles, doubling his season-long averages of 11.1 points and 5.6 boards. Read more...