The East Central University men’s basketball team played its final game at the Kerr Activities Center for the 2012-13 season, falling to Southern Nazarene, 48-55, in Great American Conference action. Before the start of the game the Tigers (8-16, 5-13 GAC) honored their lone senior, De’mario Fountain.
ECU was led by freshman Braxton Reeves, who tallied nine points and three rebounds. Junior Gregory Ardister added eight points and five boards.
The Tigers opened the game with a 6-2 run in the first three minutes and pushed their lead out to seven points (16-9), with just over nine minutes left on the clock. That is when the Crimson Storm started to fight, going on a 6-1 run over the next two minutes to cut the deficit to two points (17-15). ECU pushed the lead back out to six over the next five minutes (29-23), but SNU finished the last two minutes of the half on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to one, 29-28, heading into the intermission.
The Crimson Storm hit a three, with 18:55 left in the second, as the first points of the stanza and both teams remained scoreless until the Tigers got their first points of the half, with 15:49 left to play to tie the game at 31. SNU got back into the scoring habit and went on a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to take the lead for good.
The Crimson Storm pushed the lead out to as many as 13, with 1:27 remaining on the clock. The Tigers scored eight of the last 10 points in the game, on two triples, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit and they fell, 48-55.
While ECU kept the stats close in the rebounding column, 33-35, the Crimson Storm used a clear advantage in overall and free throw shooting percentages. SNU made 42.9% of its overall shots and was 15-of-20 from the charity stripe, while the Tigers shot 32.1% from the field and went 9-of-16 from the free-throw line.
ECU will finish up the season on the road, with the first of two games at arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State, Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Weatherford, Okla.