Central men fall to defending NCAA D-II champion

By Steve Sell
December 08, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — For the Central Christian College men Saturday afternoon, they had a chance to get a feel of what big-time basketball is all about.

The Tigers played an exhibition game at defending NCAA Division II national champion Drury, losing 92-63. The Panthers currently are ranked No. 3 in the country with a 7-0 record.

This game didn’t count on CCC’s schedule since schools play in different divisions. The Tigers remain 10-1 going into a home game Thursday against Ozark Christian.

CCC was relatively competitive for a half, trailing only 45-30. But the second half got away and the eventual outcome was inevitable.

“I thought we battled hard the first half, but let too many opportunities in the paint and on the free throw line slip away,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “Second half, they really beat us up in the paint and capitalized off our errors.” 

The highlight for the Tigers was the continued emergence of Michael Gholston, who came off the bench with some firepower as he led the scoring with 17 points. Dustin Rojas bagged 15. Both players made three 3-pointers.

Drury, which made 32 of 53 floor shots and 22 of 29 at the line, had 13 players break into the scoring column.

Turnovers were a key as the Panthers' relentless pressure forced the Tigers into 22 mechanical errors.

CCC (63) — Miller 8, Nwosuh 5, Rojas 15, Quincy 3, Warren 4, Quant 3, Gholston 17, Clayborne 6, Fort 2.

Drury (92) — Patterson 7, Boga 4, Carter 12, Adams 17, Fisher 5, Bundy 6, Rudman 5, Nwelue 14, Yocum 3, Osler 8, Amenyedzi 4, Stark 2, Pettigrew 5