EMPORIA — It would have been an upset that would have been heard all around Kansas.
Central Christian College’s men went into White Auditorium on Tuesday and gave the NCAA Division II Emporia State Hornets all they wanted before losing a 73-66 exhibition game that doesn’t count toward the Tigers’ record.
Central trailed 38-27 at the half, but charged back and was as close as 3 (63-60) with just under 5 minutes left in the game.
Jabril Osagie kept CCC in the game by scoring 17 of his 19 points in the first half. Michael Gholston added 18. The Tigers were 8 of 18 from long distance to stay within shouting distance.
"I was proud of the effort tonight,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “Some guys got dinged up and others stepped in and played well. We just had too many turnovers and mental errors at the end of the first half. We still put ourselves in position with 2 minutes to go down 5 and just didn't make the plays down the stretch. Defensively, we keep improving game to game."
The 6-3 Tigers, who have won five in a row in regular competition, are home on Saturday to play Ozark Christian College, with tip time 5 p.m.
CCC (66) — Osagie 19, Clayborn 9, Nwosuh 5, Gholston 18, Kuminga 9, Burton 6.
Emporia State (73) — Emery 9, Morton 9, Jordan 13, Hall 12, Temaat 15, Taylor 1, Sardin 4, Vandiver 10.