Saints overcome slow start, hit century mark again in win over Calvary
The Saints were able to shake an abysmal start and turn it into perhaps their best team performance of the season.
After staring at a 14-0 deficit just four minutes into play, it was the bench who ignited a fire that resulted in Central Christian College of the Bible's 100-68 win over Calvary University on Tuesday in Midwest Christian College Conference play inside the Ferneau Center.
After a quick lineup change, Central Christian (9-11, 2-2 MCCC) closed the gap to 19-12 at the 13:37 mark, then tied the game at 21-apiece midway through the first half using what eventually became a 21-7 run.
The Saints were firing on all cylinders from there on out as they went on runs of 48-25 to close out the last 16 minutes of the first half, and outscored the Warriors, 52-29, after the break.
Led by Trey Black's 23 points and nine rebounds, five Saints reached double figures. Caleif Gregg, Gabriel Martinez and Jaime Rodriguez each scored 14 points, while Josh Crawford scored 10 points and dished out 11 assists to just one turnover.
It was the first conference loss for Calvary (7-9, 3-1 MCCC), who was led by Zeb Green with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Central Christian shot 49 percent from the field and 41 percent (15-for-37) from behind the arc. They finished with 26 assists on 11 turnovers, forced Calvary into 26 turnovers, and outrebounded the Warriors, 38-35.
The Saints have a day off before hosting eighth-ranked Arlington Baptist University in a Southwest Region matchup on Thursday at 7 p.m.