The East Central University men’s basketball team dropped a 70-74 decision to Langston at the Kerr Activities Center in just the second home game of the 2012-13 season.
The Tigers (2-3) were led by junior Colby Carr who garnered his first career double-double on 15 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Jason Williams added 14 points and was two rebounds shy of a double-double, while senior De’mario Fountain added 12 points.
“Today’s game came down to energy, efficiency and excitement,” said head coach Mac McConnell. “And that is what we lacked. We will need to go back and work on our team chemistry before we start the conference season this weekend.”
The first half was a tight battle, with no team leading by more than four points. The teams fought through seven tie scores in the first 20 minutes and ECU emerged from the stanza with a slight 24-23 lead.
The score remained close for the first four minutes of the second half, with four more ties. With 15:34 left to play, the Tigers started a 6-0 run that would give them the lead for the next five minutes. ECU pushed the lead out to as many as eight (46-38) when the Lions (2-4) went on an 8-0 run to force a 46-all tie with just under nine minutes left to play.
ECU fought back to take a nine-point lead (64-55) with 4:00 minutes left on the clock. However, Langston used a 13-4 run over the next two minutes to force a tie a 68. The teams traded the next two baskets, but the momentum that the Lions had earned pushed them ahead in the final 15 seconds for the 70-74 win.
Free throws and turnovers were the mostly costly for ECU. The Tigers went 13-of-24 from the charity stripe, while allowing Langston to reach the line 30 times (19 makes). ECU also committed 24 turnovers to the Lions nine.
The Tigers will hit the road for the first Great American Conference games of the 2012-13 campaign, Thursday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 1 in Arkadelphia, Ark. ECU will first battle with Ouachita Baptist, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and then with Henderson State, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.