The East Central University men’s basketball team will start a three-game road trip with the first stop in Weatherford, Okla., Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. to face Southwestern Oklahoma State in the new Pioneer Cellular Event 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 Southwestern Oklahoma State
The Bulldogs are 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the Great American Conference after losing their last three games. SWOSU has a +0.6 scoring and -3.5 rebounding margin on the season. The Bulldogs trail .409 to .427 in overall shooting percentage, but have a slight .347 to .342 edge in three-point shooting.
SWOSU has three players that are averaging double-digit point totals for the year in Rod Camphor, Gary Inglett and Trent Washington. Camphor leads the team with 17.0 points and 6.1 boards per game, while shooting .438. Inglett adds 14.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while Washington has tallied 12.2 points and 3.4 boards per outing.
Against the Bulldogs
In the first meeting with Southwestern this season, the Tigers fell 43-55 in the Kerr Activities Center. Neither team had a great day shooting, with ECU holding a slight .298 to .241 advantage. The key to the game was at the free-throw line where the Bulldogs went 23-of-33 and the Tigers were just 13-of-20.
Senior Colby Carr led the Tigers with 17 points and five rebounds. Fellow senior Henry Pwono added 10 points and 10 boards.
Trent Washington and Rod Camphor were the leaders for the Bulldogs. Washington chipped in 15 points and five rebounds, while Camphor added nine points and eight boards.
The all-time series with SWOSU is the longest in school history, with just three seasons not have a Tigers/Bulldogs battle. ECU currently leads the series 93-83 after losing the last game.
First in the GAC Tournament
The Tigers have gone from the lone team in the GAC to not participate in a post season tournament to being the first team to guarantee a spot in the 2013-14 GAC Tournament in Bentonville, Ark., March 6-9. This is the first time since the 2002-03 season that an ECU team has advanced to a conference tournament.
Moving to the Top
For the first time since the Tigers made the move to NCAA DII, ECU is sitting at the top of its conference standings. The Tigers made the move up to first after defeating Southern Arkansas and a loss by Southwestern Feb. 6.
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 was one of 43 nominees for the DII, DIII and NAIA section and the only member of the group from the Great American Conference.
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 47 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 36 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.
The Tigers will continue their road trip with a stop in Alva, Okla., to battle with Northwestern Oklahoma State, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m.