ECU Men's Basketball Cruises to Win Over Hillsdale Baptist

The East Central University men's basketball team extended their winning streak to three games with a 95-53 win over Hillsdale Baptist College at the Kerr Activities Center in non-conference action.

The Tigers (8-3, 3-1 GAC) had another night of balanced scoring, with all but one of the 14 players who saw action recording at least one point. Senior Henry Pwono garnered his fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while adding three assists a block and a steal. Junior Stirling Thomas added 15 points, while redshirt-sophomores Braxton Reeves and Donovan Halsel both garnered 10 points.

The game was tight at the start, with the teams battling through five lead changes in the first 4:30 of play. But when ECU took the lead, with 15:36 to play, they never relinquished it and quickly pulled away with a 7-0 run near the mid-way point of the stanza.

The Tigers kept pushing the tempo throughout the half, increasing the lead to double digits with 9:30 left to play, +20 with 6:10 left on the clock and a 30-point advantage with 45 seconds left in the first half. The up tempo game resulted in a 52-22 lead over the Saints (4-10) at the half.

Hillsdale Baptist kept the game close in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Tigers kept pushing and at the half-way mark of the second half had the lead out to 42 points. While the Saints kept fighting, they could not get the deficit below 33 points the rest of the game and fell 95-53.

For the second-straight game, The Tigers not only scored 90+ points, but they also added over 20 assists, with 21. Sophomore A.J. Moutry and junior Marquis Walters led the charge on the assists front with six each. ECU also had a strong day shooting, with a .470 (31-of-66) mark from the field and a .353 (12-of-34) mark from beyond the arc.

The Tigers had strong ball control, recording just nine turnovers to 29 by the Saints and 13 steals to five.

ECU will wrap up their busy week at the Kerr Activities Center, Friday, Dec. 19 with a noon game against Southwestern Adventist. The game is the annual Field Trip day for local fifth graders, with over 375 expected to be in attendance for the free-admission game.

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