Central Christian College’s men staged a big second-half comeback Friday at nationally ranked Bellevue University, but it ran out of steam in a 98-91 loss.
CCC was down 53-37 at halftime in its MCAC opener and scored 54 second-half points, but it wasn’t enough.
The Tigers played without double-double machine Alonzo Stafford, who missed the game with a shoulder injury. Central at one point was down 26 points before lighting it up late.
Four Tigers scored in double figures, led by Michael Gholston with 24 points. Tere Adams had a career night as he got the start for Stafford and responded with 20 points and nine rebounds. Daniel Nwosuh (18 points, seven assists) also had a good game and Dustin Rojas added 11 points.
Percy Lemle poured in 27 points for the Bruins, who are ranked No. 6 in the country.
The loss dropped Central to 10-5 overall and it stays on the road today to play Waldorf University.
CCC (91) — Quincy 4, Nwosuh 18, Gholston 24, Rojas 11, Adams 20, Jackson 8, Clayborn 2, Robbins 4.
Bellevue (98) — Worthen-Harris 6, Lemle 27, Hammock 12, Olushola 5, Young 20, Shehata 6, Chonis 6, Trunyan 14, Aaron 2.
• COLLEGE OF ST. MARY WOMEN 95 CENTRAL 53 — College of St. Mary showed why it’s ranked No. 8 in the country as it blazed past the Lady Tigers, who are now 6-11 overall and 0-1 in the MCAC.
“Tough game against one of the toughest teams in our league,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “CSM is one of the better defensive teams in our league and they showed that in the first half. We played much better offensively in the second half, and although we were also better defensively in the second half, we had far too many lapses at the defensive end of the court.”
Quamisha Spence led the Lady Tigers with 15 points. CCC plays this afternoon at Waldorf.
CCC (53) — Smit 2, Void 3, Costello 2, Laskowski 2, Young 5, Regier 3, Garza 2, Campa 9, Spence 15, Alderson 2, Shaw 4, O’Brine 4.
CSM (95) — Davis 2, Lewis 4, Ross 10, Hemman 11, Anzalone 24, Hagen 17, Schrank 3, Stafford 7, Christiansen 6, Allberry 9, Young 2.