The East Central University men’s basketball team returns home for one of the final four home games of the 2013-14 season when they host Southern Arkansas, Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kerr Activities Center.
ECU’s radio home for Tigers basketball in 2012-13 is Ada’s KXFC, 105.5, FM ‘The X-Factor’. Kenny Morrison returns to broadcast the games for his 17th season. Morrison, a 1987 ECU graduate, spent two seasons doing color prior to taking over the play-by-play duties during the 1997-98 season.
Fans who can’t be at the game can find links to live stats, live video (if available) and the KXFC radio broadcast on ECUTigers.com. Go to the men’s basketball schedule page. Fans can listen to the radio broadcast online or through the FREE KXFC App available in ITunes, Google Stores where apps are sold and www.kxfcradio.com.
Scouting Southern Arkansas
The Muleriders are 9-10 overall and 5-8 in the Great American Conference after dropping their last two games. SAU has a +5.2 scoring margin and -1.8 rebounding margin. Ball control is a positive for the Muleriders, with a +2.5 turnover margin and 9.3 steals per game.
SAU has a short bench, with just 10 players having seen action this season. The short bench has allowed four players to recorded double-digit point totals. Jeffery Walker leads the team with 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while shooting .584 from the field. Chauncy Williams adds 14.5 points, Alre’k Brown 13.9 points and eight boards and Tyrell Taylor 10.7 points per game.
Against the Muleriders
In the first meeting of the season, the Tigers claimed a 67-56 win over SAU in their home gym. Free throws were a key factor in the game, with ECU holding a 17-of-22 mark and SAU a 9-of-18 record.
Redshirt freshman A.J. Moutry led the Tigers with 18 points and added three rebounds. Senior Colby Carr contributed 15 points, including a 5-of-6 mark from the charity stripe.
Chauncy Williams led the Muleriders with 15 points, while Jeffery Williams tallied nine points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers currently hold a 10-5 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1968-69. ECU has won the last two games played in the Kerr Activities Center.
Pink Out Game
The ECU basketball teams will be holding their annual Pink Out games, with ZTA to support Breast Cancer Awareness, Thursday when they host the Muleriders. Patriot Ford is sponsoring contests for the best breast cancer awareness sign and the craziest pinked-out fan. The ECU Athletic Department will also be taking donations at halftime of each game for Play4Kay, with the proceeds going to the Kay Yow Foundation.
Making a Statement
The Tigers had a strong showing against Southwestern Adventist, scoring 122 points. The number was the most in school history, with the previous high being 117. It was also the first time since Jan. 7, 2010 that ECU had scored 100+ points in a game when they fell 104-128.
ECU finished the first portion of the 2013-14 season with a 6-4 record, marking the first time since 2007-08 that the Tigers were above .500 at the holiday break. They started 2007-08 with a 6-3 mark and finished 14-13 overall.
With the 62-61 overtime win over Southern Nazarene, the Tigers also surpassed their win total from the 2013-14 season, with nine. ECU also moved to 6-3 in the GAC, one more win in the conference than a season ago.
Winning the Unwinnable Road Trip
The Tigers had a great conference road trip, winning at both Harding and Arkansas Tech. ECU defeated Harding 93-83 and ATU 94-78. The wins made the Tigers the first team from the GAC to earn wins at both Harding and ATU in league history.
Lucas Earns GAC Weekly Honors
Junior Brandon Lucas has been named the Great American Conference Player of the Week for Dec. 9 after helping the Tigers earn two big road wins at Harding and Arkansas Tech last weekend.
Lucas led the Tigers to road victories at Harding and ATU as they became the first program in GAC history to pull off that weekend sweep. He averaged 23.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in the two contests. He shot 68.2 percent from the floor, going 15-for-22 and 5-for-7 on 3-pointers. He went 8-for-9 in the win at Harding.
Abundant Free Throws
Free throws became a large part of the Tigers win against the Wonder Boys, as both teams combined for 99 free throws in the game. ECU went 39-of-55 and ATU was 27-of-44 for the game. The 99 combined free throws set at GAC record. The old record was 81 set by Arkansas Tech (45) and Southwestern (36), Jan. 12, 2012.
Mitchell Up for Good Works Team
Senior Miles Mitchell was recently named a nominee for the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
Mitchell is one of 43 nominees for the DII, DIII and NAIA section and the only member of the group from the Great American Conference. The team will be announced in February and will consist of five student-athletes from the group of 43.
Making a Difference Off the Court
On the court is not the only place that you can find a member of ECU men’s basketball team this season. Since head coach Ja Havens has taken over the program the Tigers have renewed their commitment to community service. ECU has been a part of several community service projects since the start of the school year, with an emphasis on youth events. The Tigers have been to several elementary and middle schools in the area to read with the students and to get to know their younger fans.
A coaching change did not stop senior Colby Carr from continuing his consistent performances on the court. Carr has recorded at least one point and one rebound in all 45 games since he joined the Tigers in 2012-13. The New Orleans, La., native is also not afraid to share the ball, dishing out an assists in the last 34 games for ECU.
Starting Out on the Right Path
For the first time since joining the GAC, the Tigers picked up a win in their first conference game of the season when they defeated Ouachita Baptist 81-54.
Tigers Picked to Finish 10th
The Tigers were picked to finish 10th in the Great American Conference in the 2013-14 GAC Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
ECU received 28 points in the poll and were above Southern Arkansas, with 22 points.
ECU will wrap up a two-game home stand, Saturday, Feb. 8 when they host Arkansas-Monticello at 4 p.m. in the Kerr Activities Center.