The East Central University men’s basketball team scored the most points in school history in its 122-62 win over Southwestern Adventist at the Kerr Activities Center in front of over 200 local fifth graders.
The Tigers (6-4, 3-1 GAC) saw six players record 10-or-more points and two of those with 20+. Senior Chris Lee had an outstanding game for ECU, with a career-best 25 points and eight rebounds. Fellow senior Colby Carr added 26 points and four rebounds. Junior Brandon Lucas (15 points), freshman A.J. Moutry (14 points), and seniors Henry Pwono and Shaq Burrell (10 points) were the rest of the Tigers with double-digit point totals.
ECU opened the first half of action with an 8-0 run before allowing the Knights to score their first points with 18:30 left to play. The Tigers had increased their lead to 19-7, with 15:17 remaining, before SWADU used an 18-9 run to cut the advantage to three (28-25), with 12:19 to play. ECU then responded with a 6-0 run of its own to increase the lead again an never let the Knights get closer than six the rest of the half. The Tigers kept pushing and went into the locker room with a 61-43 lead.
The second half was all ECU as they eventually built their lead out to as many as 62 before earning the 122-62 win.
The Tigers had a strong day all-around, shooting 64.7 (44-of-68) from the field and 41.7 (10-of-24) from beyond the arc. ECU also claimed a 43-19 rebounding margin, which included an 11-3 mark on the offensive glass.
The Tigers will now have two weeks off for the holidays before returning to the road and Great American Conference action, Thursday, Jan. 2 at Arkansas-Monticello. The men’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., with the women starting at 5:30 p.m.