Sophomore forward Josh Reams logged 15 points and the Hornets pushed their winning streak to 10 games with an NCMC triumph over the Tigers on Friday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Fulton (14-2, 4-1 North Central Missouri Conference) raced to a 26-9 lead after one quarter and was on top 36-21 at the break. The Hornets then outscored Kirksville 16-11 in the third quarter to open up a 52-32 advantage.
"Our defense really showed up in waves," Fulton head coach Justin Gilmore said. "Our guys' defensive effort keeps showing up in big games and they really pride themselves at working on it every day in practice.
"When they play defense it is a collective unit and it's fun to watch when they're hitting on all cylinders."
Reams was one of three players to reach double figures for the Hornets. Sophomore guards Courtland Simmons and Walker Gohring supplied 13 and 12 points, respectively.
"Offensively, we spread the ball around nicely all night," Gilmore said. "We have numerous offensive options and when they are sharing the ball and getting to the right spots, they can be a hard offense to stop."
Keaton Anderson also finished with 15 points to direct Kirksville (12-3, 3-2), which received votes this past week in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association's Class 5 state poll.
Camden Dempsay followed with 13 points for the Tigers on Friday night and Noah Copeland contributed 11.
Sparked by freshman guard Rowdy Gohring's 18 points, Fulton held on for a 51-49 victory in the junior varsity contest.
The Hornets play at Boonville in a rescheduled game at 8 p.m. Monday.