The second half was a continuation of the first with four ties in the first 10 minutes. However a triple by Moutry, with10:07 left to play, gave the Tigers their first four-point lead. The game was again tied at 51 and again ECU used a 4-0 run to lead 54-51. Neither team scored over the next two minutes, with Southeastern the first to break the slump and get within one (54-53).
East Central scored the next five points, but the hosts followed with four straight to set up the exciting finish.
The teams were evenly matched shooting, with both recording a 39.6 overall shooting percentage. The Tigers earned the key advantage of the game at the free-throw line, where they went 15-of-23 compared to a 10-of-22 showing for the Savage Storm.
The victory placed the Tigers second in the GAC standings behind only Southwestern (10-4, 7-1).
“We’re still a work in progress. We can get better. We have not reached our ceiling,” Havens said. “We’re going to continue to work and continue to improve and if we do that I think we have a chance to be in the mix coming down the stretch.”
The Tigers will now return home for a Saturday matchup with Harding (9-6, 6-3) at the Kerr Activities Center. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
Note: Ada News sports editor Jeff Cali contributed to this report.
Southeastern pulls away
from Lady Tigers
DURANT – The East Central University women’s basketball team dropped a 78-68 decision to arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State Wednesday night at Bloomer Sullivan Arena in Great American Conference action.
The Lady Tigers (10-6, 5-5 GAC) were led by senior Alex Tucker, who tallied a career-high 15 points and added two assists. Junior Dilan Webster ended the game with 14 points and six rebounds, while senior Alycea Price contributed 10 points and five boards.