The Knoxville Panthers picked up a big road win over the Grinnell Tigers Monday night. The 70-57 win elevated the KHS squad to 3-1 overall while the Tigers fell to 4-2 with the loss.

It is the most points Grinnell has allowed this year.

Kieren Nichols owned the Tigers as he went off for 36 points, hitting 13-of-19 field goal attempts and he was 6-of-8 at the foul line.

Spencer Hixon was the only other Panther in double digits with 15.

Alex Eckert hit for eight points, Ben Olson five, Keegan Cox had three as did Luke Keitges.

Cox also led the way on the boards for Knoxville with eight rebounds.

Olson had five assists, Keitges and Nichols each added three.

Knoxville took control early leading 18-10 at the close of the first quarter.

Grinnell clawed their way back into contention at halftime, trailing 29-27.

In the third the Panthers regained the momentum needed to pull off the road win over their Little Hawkeye Conference opponent.

The Panthers are coached by Jeff Larson.

Larson replied, “We played well, we got down a little in the second half, but came back. Our defense is getting better every game.”

Knoxville only had eight turnovers while the Tigers coughed it up 14 times.

Knoxville will hit the road Friday to face the Eddyville Rockets in league play with the girls contest set for 6:30 p.m.

Perry Bell can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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