GALESBURG, Illinois - The Prairie Fire men's basketball team picked up their first loss of the season, falling to Concordia Chicago 76-68.
The Cougars crept out to an early 12-9 lead, but Knox took a 23-19 lead with 7:32 left to play in the first half. Concordia finished the first half on a 13-5 run to head into halftime with a 32-28 lead.
The Cougars jumped out to a double digit lead early in the second half and Knox was unable to cut the deficit to less than eight the rest of the way.
Jordan Rayner led the Prairie Fire with 15 points. Duane Goodman, Jr. added 14 points and seven rebounds. David Eismark poured in 12 points and Sean Gallery chipped in 10.
"Concordia is a good team and a good test for us," said head coach Ben Davis. "We fought the whole way and had moments where we could have gotten back in the game. I am proud of the way we worked today. We have some things to work on, but all in all a lot of very good things to take from this loss."
Knox will return to action on November 15 when they travel to SIU-Edwardsville for an exhibition game.