The Central Christian College men were back on the hardwood for the first time since before Christmas Saturday and got back on the winning track with a 78-67 win over Hillsdale Freewill Baptist.
The Tigers had the services of point guard Mike Lyons for the came, after he had to sit out the first semester due to an NAIA eligibility issue. Lyons seemed out to prove himself in the game, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, a pair of steals and an assist before fouling out.
The Tigers showed a little rust from the long holiday layoff, taking a 34-32 lead into the half.
The Saints hung with the Tigers throughout the second half, though Aaron Miller’s clutch foul shooting assured the win.
Troy Brooks led Central with 15 points, followed by Miller and Chris Jones each with 12 points.
“The addition of Mike was helpful, although he has to get his timing back,” Tiger coach Tony Romero said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we always tell the guys that you have to find ways to win when you don’t have your best stuff, and tonight we did just enough to win.”
The Tigers (11-2) open up MCAC play with a pair of road games this weekend. They face the College of the Ozarks Friday night and Haskell on Saturday.