Saints overcome shooting woes to defeat Warriors
Despite an off shooting night, Central Christian College of the Bible had five players reach double figures in an 87-84 victory over Calvary University on Thursday in the Ferneau Center.
Trey Black scored 19 points, while Josh Crawford scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Rodrigo Nuñez added 14 points, Andre Johnson scored 12 and Anthony Johnson had 10 for Central Christian, who improved to 4-3 on the season.
The Saints needed only six minutes to take a 19-9 lead, then pushed the margin up to 30-15 with 11:05 to play in the first half. With 5:09 remaining in the half and Central Christian still holding a 15-point advantage, Calvary used an 18-7 run to make it a 42-39 game at the break.
It went back and forth in the second half with the Saints threatening to pull away multiple times, but the Warriors battled back to take a 68-67 lead with 6:01 remaining. Central Christian answered with a 7-0 run and went on to take an eight-point lead with 13 seconds left.
Two quick 3-pointers sandwiched around a Crawford made free throw made it a three point game with 1.3 on the clock. The Saints were able to get the ball inbound under pressure and run out the final seconds.
Central Christian shot 49 percent from the field, but went 18 percent (3-for-17) from behind the arc. They outrebounded their guests, 38-37, went 24-for-31 at the free throw line, and forced 20 Calvary turnovers.
Calvary was led by Zeb Green with 24 points and Jay Lems with 19. The Warriors shot 48 percent from the field, 37 percent (10-for-27) from 3-point range, and 8-for-11 at the free throw line.
The Saints are back in action tonight when they take on the University of Missouri-St. Louis in exhibition play at 7 p.m. Tomorrow night they travel to Macomb, Ill., to face Western Illinois in an exhibition at 7 p.m.