ESPANOLA, N.M. — The nearly 10-hour trip may have taken something out of Central Christian College’s nationally ranked men on Friday as they lost a 78-69 decision to Northern New Mexico College.
The ninth-ranked Tigers, now 13-4, were held to one of their lowest point totals of the year. Michael Gholston led the Tigers with 17 points, one more than Daniel Nwosuh.
Central actually led 33-28 at the half, but were riddled in the second half by some hot Northern shooting as it scored 49 points after the break.
“We knew we had to come out here and play a solid game, opening up conference on the road in a tough environment,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “We had moments where we were clicking, then too many moments where we got caught in worrying in things that were outside of our control. We were hammered on the glass, which is inexcusable. We weren't mentally tough enough tonight and it cost us the game. We have to regroup really fast and respond tomorrow, we don't want to come away empty-handed."
The Tigers are playing today against Johnson and Wales University of Denver.
Central (69) — Stafford 4, Warren 7, Nwosuh 16, Gholston 17, Clayborn 8, Jackson 6, Burton 3, Adams 4, Robbins 4.
Northern New Mexico (78) — Infante 12, Bendegue 23, Coles 9, Bullock 4, Ellis 15, Gibson 3, Idiake 3, Delgado 9.