OKLAHOMA CITY — Central Christian College’s men outscored Oklahoma Christian University in the second half on Saturday, but the first-half deficit was too much to overcome.
Central, down 44-27 at the half in an exhibition game that doesn’t count toward its record, outscored the NCAA Division II school 30-27 after the half to lose only 81-67.
Michael Gholston continued his big-time season by scoring 25 points to lead the Tigers. Sam Clayborn furnished 13 and Ernest Burton came off the bench for 12.
John Moon had a monster game for Mid-America with 26 points and 15 rebounds as he’s one of the best players the Tigers have faced this year.
Central’s record remains 8-3.
The Tigers head to Las Vegas for a tournament Dec. 19-20. The first game is the 19th against University of Northeastern Ohio, while the second game is against Dakota Wesleyan. Both schools are regarded as top-flight opponents.
Central (67) — Clayborn 13, Nwosuh 9, Gholston 25, Warren 2, Osagie 2, Kuminga 4, Burton 12.
Oklahoma Christian (81) — Box 5, Lopez 7, Horton 23, Strickland 11, Moon 26, Dupree 5, Norris 2, Rodriguez 2.