Tigers slam Southwestern Christian, 85-61

ADA, OK – All but one East Central University player got into the scoring column Monday night as the Tigers spanked Southwestern Christian 85-61 in men’s basketball action on Wayne Cobb Court at the Kerr Activities Center.

ECU, which improved to 8-4 on the season, received 11 points each from starting senior guard Terrell Carpenter, reserve junior guard James Reynolds and freshman sub Lougwin Spann as the Tigers shot 46 percent from the floor and owned a whopping 55-28 rebounding advantage.

Every ECU player had at least one rebound as Cody Shead led the way off the bench with seven, including four off the offensive glass. Rodney Bencoma added six boards, including four on the offensive end. Twenty-three of the Tigers’ boards came on the offensive side of the court.

ECU also compiled 16 assists with Carpenter leading the way with three while Tyler Thetford, Don Riley, Dominique Scales, Tariq Naqqash and Shead collecting two apiece.

Two other Tigers – Justin Wilkerson and Ian Adams – came close to double-figure scoring with nine each and Scales chipped in seven.

ECU trailed early 5-0 and was down by a 10-7 count, but took the lead for good at 12-11 on a Michael Dyson jumper with 11:08 left in the first half. Wilkerson then came off the bench and immediately buried a 3-pointer to make it 15-11 with 10:26 to go in the first.

The Tigers went on to a 39-25 halftime advantage and outscored the Eagles by 10 in the second half. No ECU starter played in the final 10-plus minutes.

Roman Owen led SCU with 14 points, Reimond Prince followed with 12 and Nolan Johnson ended up with 11.

The next action for the Tigers, who played their third game in five days on Monday, will be Thursday as they host Midwestern State in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at 8 p.m., before entertaining Tarleton State on Saturday at 4 p.m.