It was like the rim at Central Christian's end of the floor was 10 by 10 — 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
The Tigers shot 60.3 percent, making 35 of their 58 shots while scoring from near and far with almost equal accuracy, and rolled to a 95-79 nonconference victory over Kansas Wesleyan on Tuesday night at Jerry E. Alexander Arena.
Central Christian was 11 of 20 from 3-point range.
Senior guard Michael Gholston had the hottest hand, finishing with 28 points on 11 of 17 shooting that included 6 of 10 from 3-point range. He scored 13 the first half, making 9 of 12 shots. Daniel Nwosuh added 21 points, going 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and 6-foot-8 post player Jubril Osagie made 6 of 7 shots inside and finished with 18 points.
Central Christian was consistent, shooting 60 percent the first half (18 of 30) and 60.7 percent the second (17 of 28). The Tigers also won the rebounding battle 32-28.
"We came out and had a great start, forced them to take a time out, and then we just got lackadaisical all of a sudden," KWU coach Anthony Monson said. "The things we were doing, flying around and getting in the passing lanes and seeing the ball and the man, all that stuff just went away. Then we found ourselves having to play catch-up.
"We've got to refocus because there's a really good team in Friends coming on Thursday and those are the game's that matter. We've got to find a way to slow them down."
Central Christian (10-5) broke open a close game with a 9-0 run that started late in the first half and continued into the second and tacked scoring surges of 8-1 and 9-0.
The Tigers, who had a considerable size advantage, outscored the Coyotes 59-46 in the paint.
The victory avenged Central Christian's 80-73 loss to KWU on Nov. 1 in Salina.
"They got one on their home floor and we wanted to get it back," Central Christian coach Tony Romero said. "That was motivation enough.
"We're getting better and have been the last month. It helps when you shoot 60 percent and I thought we did a much better job contesting shots and keeping guys out of the paint."
Wesleyan (7-10) shot 45 percent (23 of 51) and was led by Ryan Hill, who finished with 23 points. Dominique Johnson added 14. The Coyotes were 5 of 13 from 3-point range and 28 of 36 from the foul line.
Central Christian led 46-40 at halftime. Gholston scored 15 points the final 5:20 of the first half, helping the Tigers gain some separation after a see-saw first 18 minutes. KWU led 9-4 early, but Central Christian scored the next seven and things were even until late in the half.
Leading 38-37 with 1:45 remaining before the break, Central Christian outscored the Coyotes 8-3 that included back-to-back 3's by Gholston with 40 seconds left and Nwosuh at the buzzer.