CHICKASHA, OK—The Central Christian College of Kansas men's basketball team had hoped to close out the regular season on a positive run after two consecutive victories against SCU and OPSU, but now they will just look to get back to their winning ways. The Tigers dropped their third straight game, falling to USAO 75-69, which takes them to 11-13 (5-12 SAC) on the year.
It was one of those games where the Tigers were within striking distance the whole game, but were never able to go on a run to take control of the game. The largest lead the Tigers were ever able to get was just three points, while never falling behind the Drovers by more than eight points. The both teams would go back-and-forth until 6:25 left in the game with the score tied 54-54. At this point, the Drovers would take the lead and not look back, with the Tigers getting within two points three times, but never able to get the stop and bucket needed to tie or take the lead.
It was not a great shooting night for either team. The Tigers finished 24-for-69 (34.8 percent) from the field, including 6-for-25 (24 percent) from three and 15-for-24 (62.5 percent) from the free throw line. The Drovers shot 25-for-54 (46.3 percent) from the field, including 3-for-20 (15 percent) from three and 22-for-27 (81.5 percent) from the free throw line. Both teams ended up with 38 total rebounds (14 offensive and 24 defensive for the Tigers, seven offensive and 31 defensive for the Drovers). The Tigers also had four blocks, 10 steals, 10 assists, and 13 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Drovers finished with seven blocks, seven steals, 12 assists, and 16 turnovers.
It was a two-man show for both teams, as Steve Kuminga and Jubril Osagie led the Tigers with 18 points and seven rebounds each. Meanwhile, Dedrian Parmer led all scorers with 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Drovers and Geno Artison pitched in 20 points and nine rebounds.
The Tigers will have one final road game next week as they head back to Oklahoma to take on Langston University. That game will be on Tuesday at 6 p.m.