Less than 24 hours after an emotional, cross-town win, the Central Christian men found themselves going ice-cold in the field, as the Tigers fell to Emporia State 74-60 Wednesday night.
Central and Emporia exchanged three pointers to start the game, with the Tigers taking the lead off a free-throw by Christopher Jones, though the follow-up missed.
The Hornets regained the lead, only to lose it once more to a Troy Brooks three pointer, putting up the Tigers 7-5 with 15:40 left in the first half. Emporia (2-0), though, would go on an 11-2 run about halfway through the period to take the lead, which they didn’t relinquish the rest of the game.
The Hornets took a 36-23 lead into the locker room at half, aided by the icy shooting of Central Christian, who only managed 28.6 percent from the field in the first half.
The second half went a little better for Central, as they managed to shot 48.1 percent, but the 13 point halftime deficit just proved too much to overcome, and the Hornets would utilize a 15-2 run in the games closing five minutes to outlast Central, who fell to 6-1 on the season.
The Tigers ended up shooting only 38.2 percent from the field for the game, compared to 50 percent for ESU.
Jones led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points, followed by Aaron Cannon with 13.
Emporia State’s Kaleb Wright led all scorers with 25 points. Andre Phillips added 13 for the Hornets.
Next up for Central is a Saturday afternoon road game against Hillsdale Baptist.
Tip off is slated for 3 p.m.