Kokomo was led by Tayler Persons’ 22 points and also got 17 from Demarius Warren. Erik Bowen had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Persons had nine rebounds and Warren had eight boards.
Warren provided a 3-pointer to the fourth quarter. Persons made a jumper, McCutcheon’s Spencer Caldwell was called for a foul after the basket, and Warren’s 3 on the ensuing inbounds play put the Wildkats ahead 48-39.
“Once we got the lead, that gave us a little bit of an advantage because McCutcheon had to be a little more aggressive on us,” McCauley said.
Kokomo had only four turnovers and finished with a 9-0 edge in points off turnovers.