OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—Last year, the Central Christian College of Kansas men's basketball team went into Oklahoma City University's gym and upset the No.14 Stars 95-85. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they couldn't get history to repeat itself, as they would fall to the Stars 69-79 on Thursday night.
It was a tale of two halves for the Tigers on Thursday night. In the first half, the Tigers were able to take control of the game and momentum, stifling the Stars defensively and holding them to just 28 points while putting up 38 points themselves. But once again, the Tigers fell victim to lights out shooting by the opposition. The Stars would come out with a purpose, and a plan in the second half, exploding for 51 points while keeping the Tigers to just 31 points, swinging the game completely in their favor. On the night, the Stars would shoot 23-for-42 (54.8 percent) from the field, including a red hot performance from three-point territory with 12 of their 19 (63.2 percent) attempts going in the basket. The Stars also found their way to the free throw line quite often, finishing 21-of-31 (67.7 percent) from the line. The Tigers shot relatively well as whole, going 27-for-56 (48.2 percent) from the field, but continue to struggle mightily from behind the arc, going 5-for-22 (22.7 percent). The struggles also made its way to the free throw line, where they went 10-for-17 (58.8 percent). All other aspects of the game were fairly even. The Tigers finished with 28 rebounds (9 offensive, 19 defensive), 3 blocks, 9 steals, 13 assists, and 18 turnovers. The Stars would end up with 30 rebounds (6 offensive, 24 defensive), 2 blocks, 7 steals, 15 assists, and 20 turnovers.
Jubril Osagie continued his string of strong performances, leading the way for the Tigers with 18 points and 7 rebounds. He was tied for the game high with Elijah Christman for OCU, who came off the bench and 6-for-6 from the field, including 4-of-4 from three point land.
The Tigers will be back home on Saturday, when they host Southwestern Christian University. That game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tipoff.