BOONE - The Kirkwood men's basketball team collected one of the most unusual victories in school history Saturday.
The Eagles defeated DMACC, 58-50, in a conference game in Boone despite playing the game without five suspended players.
Kirkwood has only 10 players on its active roster, so the Eagles were missing half the team.
The five players were suspended by the National Junior College Athletic Association for two games for their role in an incident that happened during the final minute of Wednesday's home game against Ellsworth.
Kirkwood assistant coaches Ben Jacobson and Taylor Blum also were suspended by the NJCAA and did not make the trip to DMACC.
Cal Clark, a member of the Kirkwood baseball team and a former basketball player at Cedar Rapids Prairie, joined the basketball team and was used as their sixth man against DMACC. He made a 3-point basket and scored three points.
Three other Kirkwood baseball players joined the team and were in uniform, but they did not play against DMACC. Todd Rima, the Kirkwood baseball coach, helped Petersen coach the team.
Byron Harp, Miles Wentzien, Ethan Meeker, Chris King and Elijah Henry were suspended by the NJCAA. Harp, Wentzien, Meeker and King are starters and were on the bench in the final minute against Ellsworth when Henry and Mike Evans of Ellsworth got into a shoving incident and Henry was assessed a technical foul.Read more...