Southwestern Christian University overcame a 39-36 halftime deficit to Central Christian College’s men here Tuesday to hand the Tigers only their third loss of the season.
Central, which entered the night 12-2, had a cold shooting night, making just 27 of 71 from the field and wound up taking a whopping 32 3-pointers, sinking just nine.
“It was a tough loss tonight,” Central coach Tony Romero said. “Southwestern Christian is a good team, we knew we had to play a solid game and I don't think we really followed through. When we don't shoot the ball very well, we still have to get it done on the defensive side. I felt we played with little urgency the second half, that's not us and we learned if we play that way, we sure shouldn't be surprised when we are in a hole."
Alonzo Stafford had a monster game in defeat with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Gholston was the only other Tiger in double figures with 17 points.
James Still, a 6-10 transfer who recently became eligible, was a handful for the Tiger defense as he led the Eagles with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Central has the rest of the week off before traveling to Ozark Christian College on Monday.
Central (76) — Gholston 17, Stafford 24, Warren 6, Nwosuh 7, Clayborn 6, Burton 6, Adams 5, Robbins 5.
Southwestern Christian (85) — Still 23, Scott 11, Parish 15, Laurent 14, White 14, Harper 3, Mayon 5.
• CENTRAL WOMEN 98, BARCLAY 70 — The Lady Tigers recorded their fifth win of the year.
Game stats were unavailable to some problems at Barclay. Central coach Chris Honeck is going to re-stat the game today off the game film.
Central is now 5-11 on the year and plays Friday at Arlington Baptist.