MOORE, Okla. — History suggested that Central Christian College’s men’s basketball team should beat Hillsdale Baptist on Saturday.
Central had won 16 of the 18 games played between the teams and the Tigers were coming off their second straight impressive victory to open the season, a 100-95 decision over University of Southwest of New Mexico on Friday.
But the Tigers, seeking a 3-0 start, didn’t show up early as they found themselves down 38-28 at the half and never recovered in a disappointing 85-76 loss.
“We let them get comfortable right out of the gate,” CCC coach Tony Romero said. “From there we played catch-up the rest of the game. We have to find a way to make it tougher for teams to score on us. It didn't help that we couldn't make a basket. Give credit to Hillsdale, they played with greater urgency than we did."
Other than Michael Gholston (23 points) and Daniel Nwosuh (20), the Tigers didn’t get many positive contributions.
The Tigers have to shake this one off because crosstown rival McPherson College invades Alexander Arena on Wednesday.
CCC (76) — Stafford 8, Quincy 4, Nwosuh 20, Gholston 23, Rojas 4, Jackson 4, Clayborn 8, LeBlanc 3, Adams 2.
Hillsdale (85) — Burden 13, Morales 17, Carey 27, Moody 14, Sneed 3, Hobgood 5, Harrison 2, Green 2, Majors 2.