ECU Men's Basketball Doubles Down on Southwestern Adventist

In the final game of a three-game week for the East Central University men's basketball team, the Tigers (9-3) finally got to triple digits on the scoreboard and earned a 101-50 win over Southwestern Adventist at the Kerr Activities Center in front of over 375 local fifth graders in the second annual Field Trip Day.

ECU had four players record double digits in the point's column and all 14 players earn at least two points. Senior Brandon Lucas leading the way with 13. Redshirt sophomore Braxton Reeves added 11 and juniors Deron Hill and Reed Johnson each contributed 10. Senior Henry Pwono paced the Tigers on the boards, with nine.

The Knights started the game with a 4-0 run and didn't allow ECU to score until 16:55. The game remained close for most of the opening half, with ECU fighting to take their first lead with 14:20 left, but SWADU followed with a 5-0 run to gain a 9-13 advantage with 9:30 left to play. That is when the Tigers clamped down and used a 21-0 run over the next seven minutes to push ahead for good.

ECU was leading 30-13, with 2:45 left to play. when the Knights tried to make a push, but they could only record five straight points before the Tigers finished the half with a 7-3 run to hold a 37-23 advantage at the break.

The teams played close in the opening minute of the second half, but the Tigers kept pushing the tempo of the game and increased the lead to 20 points with 18 minutes left, 30 at the 13:40 mark, 40 at the 9:30 mark and 50 with 3:45 left to play. ECU's final shot to get them over 100 points and came on a three from Hill, with 1:53 remaining.

The Tigers shot 56.5 (35of-62) from the floor, marking the fourth-straight game where ECU shot over 47.5 percent. The Tigers also held the Knights to a 26.7 (16-of-60) percent mark and outrebounded them 47-28.

ECU will now have a few weeks off for the holidays before returning to the court and Great American Conference action, Saturday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. at Southern Nazarene.

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