- Ada, Oklahoma

ECU Sports

November 19, 2012

ECU men can't overcome 17th-ranked Tarleton State

Ada — Teri LaJeunesse

ECU Sports Information Director

STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS – The East Central University men’s basketball team dropped its first game of the 2012-13 campaign to No. 17 Tarleton State, 62-72, in the final game of the Taco Bell Texan Tip-Off Classic at Wisdom Gym.

The Tigers (2-1) were led by junior Jason Williams, who tallied a career-best 11 points for his second-consecutive game with a double-digit point total. Williams also added a team-best six rebounds and was rewarded with all-tournament honors.

 Juniors Colby Carr and Chris Fisher also added double-digit point totals, with 11 and 10 respectively.

“I told the team in the locker room that there is a way to win and a way to lose and tonight we lost battling to the very end and I am proud,” said head coach Mac McConnell.  “I knew we would not be undefeated this season and we have a long road ahead of us.  We battled hard and we just need to learn from this and get ready for St. Gregory’s.”

ECU opened the game with a 5-0 run, with all five points coming from Fisher, in the first two minutes.  The Texans (2-1) countered with a 5-0 run of their own to tie game with three minutes off the clock.  The teams traded points for the next 6:30 before a missed free throw by the Tigers gave TSU an opening.

With just over 10 minutes left in the first stanza, the Texans took advantage of several fouls by ECU and went on a 7-0 run from free throws to take a 12-20 advantage.  TSU added a 14-6 run until 2:30 remained on the clock to push the advantage to 18-34.  The Tigers fought harder in the final minutes of the half and went into the locker room trailing 24-38.

ECU out-scored the Texans in the second half, 38-34, but the deficit was too much to overcome.  The Texans lead by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Tigers battled hard in the last 3:15 with a 13-3 run to finish the game trailing 62-72.

Fouls and rebounding were the keys to the game, with TSU earning clear advantages in both categories.  The Tigers committed 32 fouls to the Texans 16 and were out-rebounded 27-36.  The teams were pretty even in shooting percentage (45.1% to 48.8%), with ECU making three more shots and one more from beyond the arc.  The Tigers hit 58.8% of their free throws and the Texans hit 61.4%, but the difference was in the number of attempts.  TSU went 27-of-44 from the charity stripe and ECU was 10-of-17.

The Tigers will remain on the road for the final of three-straight road games, Tuesday, Nov. 20 at St. Gregory’s at 8 p.m.  The game will end the home-and-home series with the Cavaliers for the season, with ECU having earned a 73-54 win Nov. 10 at the Kerr Activities Center.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
ECU Sports
  • ECU men preparing to battle Arkansas team as well

    After two weeks off for the holidays the East Central University men’s basketball team will return to Wayne Cobb Court at the Kerr Activities Center to battle with Arkansas-Monticello, Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

    January 2, 2013

  • Lady Tigers ready to take on Arkansas-Monticello

    After two weeks off, the East Central University women’s basketball team will return to Wayne Cobb Court at the Kerr Activities Center, Thursday, Jan. 3 for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off with Arkansas-Monticello.  The game is the first of 2013 and two-straight in Ada.

    January 2, 2013

  • Free admission today ECU teams grab Monday wins


    After leading by 23 in the second half, the East Central University women’s basketball team battled through for a 70-65 win over Mid-America Christian Monday at the Gaulke Activity Center in non-conference action.


    December 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • ECU inks star


    East Central University Head Volleyball Coach Dave Thorn has announced the signing of Bria Gambrell to the 2013 edition of the Lady Tigers.


    December 12, 2012

  • ECU's Bryant cited

    East Central University football defensive end Armonty Bryant has picked up two post season honors after a standout senior season.  Bryant was named to the 2012 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team and The Oklahoman State College All-Star Football Team Defensive Player of the Year.

    December 11, 2012

  • Dr. Jeff S. Williams ECU names new director of athletics


    East Central University is going within the family to hire its new director of athletics.


    November 30, 2012 1 Photo

  • ECU men can't overcome 17th-ranked Tarleton State

    November 19, 2012

  • Video Highlights: ECU Football Saturday

    ECU vs Southeastern at Norris Field Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012

    November 10, 2012

  • Tiger Triple Play Lady Tigers fall at TCU


    The East Central University women’s basketball team got its first taste of action for the 2012-13 season, in the form of a 91-59 loss to Texas Christian University in an exhibition game Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.


    November 9, 2012 1 Photo

  • WOW U.S. flag comes to Ada


    Woodmen of the World’s 1,800 square foot United States flag will be in Ada at 2 p.m.  Saturday for East Central University’s Senior Day match with arch-rival Southeastern Oklahoma State.


    November 9, 2012

AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts

Who do you blame more for the trouble in Gaza?

The Israelis
     View Results