Miscues prove costly for Saints in home opener
MOBERLY, Mo. - The Saints weren't able to clean up their sloppy play and visiting Robert Morris University-Springfield (Ill.) heated up from the outside in the second half to run away with a 104-85 victory over Central Christian College of the Bible on Tuesday at Pelfrey Hall.
Central Christian (1-2) started strong in their home opener, grabbing an early 8-2 lead just two minutes into action. After a back and forth affair, they matched their largest lead at 35-29 with 6:52 left to play in the half.
However, turnovers played a huge part in giving RMU-Springfield (1-0) momentum as the Saints committed 18 in the first half and allowed the Eagles to take a 44-42 lead into the locker room.
The Saints led 58-56 with 14:58 left to play in the game, but the Eagles responded with a 16-4 run over the next three minutes to take control. RMU-Springfield shot 11-for-15 from behind the arc in the second half after going just 3-for-13 in the first half.
RMU-Springfield's Leo Brown led all scorers with 26 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the field and 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Four other Eagles reached double figures, led by Aaron Turner with 19 points.
The Saints were led by Jesse Granados' 18 points. Kedron Rollings tossed in 15 points, followed by Wayne Alsberry with 12 points, and both Micah Miller and Raymond Sellers with 10 each. Three Saints finished with seven rebounds each.
Central Christian shot 53 percent from the field, but went only 3-for-12 from behind the arc in the second half after hitting six of 14 in the first half. They won the rebound battle, 37-31, but committed a season-high 31 turnovers.
The Saints travel down Highway 63 for an exhibition on Friday with Columbia College at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Central Christian hosts Nebraska Christian College at 5:30 p.m. in Moberly Area Community College's Fitzsimmons-John Arena. The MACC Greyhounds follow with a game against Southeastern Community College (Iowa) at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast locally on KWIX 1230 AM and streamed live at www.centralmoinfo.com.