A cold winter chill hit the East Central University men’s basketball team before the rest of the state on Wednesday night.
The Tigers managed just five first-half field goals in the first half while Southwestern Oklahoma caught fire early with 64.5 percent shooting in claiming a 79-50 Lone Star Conference North men’s basketball victory at Rankin Williams Field House.
ECU, 5-13 overall and 0-4 in the LSC North, suffered its ninth straight loss and managed just 21.7 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes. The Tigers were just 33 percent for the game and had no 3-pointers (0-of-7).
SWOSU, 7-12 and 1-3, shot 58.6 percent from the floor overall, was 37.5 percent from 3-point territory (6-of-16) and owned a 40-27 rebounding advantage.
Damian Henderson paced the Bulldogs with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Charleston Flemming followed with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Chancellor Jones added 18 points on a 9-of-13 effort from the field. Those three were a combined 26-of-40.
ECU’s only double-figure scorer was junior guard Maurice Abraham with 16. Wayne Andrews was next with seven.
Abraham did convert 5-of-6 field-goal attempts and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
Denarius Darby did record five steals to go with his five points for the Tigers. Wes Badley recorded three steals to go with his six points and Dontae Figgs also chipped in six points.
ECU committed 21 turnovers, compared to SWOSU’s 20.
The Tigers fell into the 43-19 halftime hole as they shot just 21.7 percent while SWOSU sizzled at a 64.5 percent pace.
To make matters worse, ECU committed 13 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, missed both of its 3-point field goal tries and was a woeful 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from the free throw line.
Abraham was the Tigers’ top scorer at the break with only six points.
Flemmings hit 6-of-8 shots from the field and had 13 points at intermission while Jones was 5-of-7 with 10 points for the Bulldogs.
ECU is back in action on Saturday as the Tigers are scheduled to host Cameron at 4 p.m. inside the Kerr Activities Center in Ada.
ECU Women crush Southwestern
East Central placed all five of its starters and one off the bench in double figures as the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 19-0 lead and shot 53.6 percent for the game in rolling to an easy 96-58 Lone Star Conference North women’s basketball victory over host Southwestern Oklahoma State Wednesday night on Kelli Litsch Court in Rankin Williams Field House.
Junior guard Krista Bullis and senior reserve forward Angela Kalanoska scored 16 points each and junior guard Casi Rawls added 15 as ECU improved to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the LSC North.
The Lady Tigers not only shot well with 11 three-pointers, but owned a commanding 53-28 advantage on the boards.
“It was a tremendous start (at 19-0). We shot the ball well and our ball movement and execution on offense was as good as it’s been this year,” said ECU head coach Kent Franz.
Also reaching double figures for the Lady Tigers were the freshmen guard tandem of Regan Browne and Jourdan Clark with 11 each and senior forward Danielle Cox with 10.
Rawls, who converted 6-of-7 field-goal tries on the night, topped all rebounders by hustling for nine and Indhira Ramirez, who finished with seven points, also snatched seven boards as SWOSU was limited to just four offensive rebounds the entire night.
Browne led ECU with six assists, Rawls ended up with four and Bullis followed with three as the Lady Tigers totaled 19 for the game.
Kalanoska also nailed 7-of-10 shots from the floor, including two treys.
Jenna Sprague paced the Bulldogs with a game-leading 23 points.
The Lady Tigers’ biggest lead was 43 points twice, the latter of which came on volleyball player turned basketball forward Emily Holombek’s bucket with 2:50 remaining to make it 96-53.
ECU opened up a whopping 19-0 advantage and led by as many as 28 points (47-19) before settling for a 51-26 halftime cushion.
The Lady Tigers shot 51.4 percent from the field (7-of-14 from 3-point land), had a 27-16 rebounding advantage and compiled six team steals before intermission.
Bullis, behind 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arch, totaled 16 points as she was 6-of-10 from the floor overall before the break.
Rawls had a solid opening 20 minutes with nine points, including one 3-pointer, to go with a team-leading seven rebounds and four assists. Browne chipped in eight points with a pair of treys to go with two steals and two assists in the first 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs, who fell to 1-17 and 0-4, hit just 27.6 percent of their first-half attempts while going just 2-of-17 from long range (11.8 percent). SWOSU was only 3-of-28 from outside the arch for the game (10.7 percent).
Sprague was SWOSU’s top scorer in the first half with 12.
It was the third time that the Lady Tigers hit the 96-point mark this season.
ECU is scheduled to host Cameron Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the Kerr Activities Center in Ada.