Cameron outlasts East Central in Saturday clash

East Central’s Camron Talley (3) scored 13 points in the Tigers; 67-59 loss to Cameron Saturday in Lawton.

LAWTON — The East Central University men’s basketball team dropped a 67-59 decision to Cameron in its final regular-season non-conference game of the 2017-18 season Saturday in Lawton.

The Tigers (5-3) were led by sophomore Camron Talley, with 13 points, two rebounds and a steal. Junior Jamey Woods added 11 points and seven boards, while junior Da’Rion King led the team with 13 rebounds.

The Aggies (5-8) jumped out to an early 12-4 advantage in the first five minutes. However, both teams then went cold and didn’t score for the next four minutes, when a free throw by senior Brett Cannon broke the stalemate. ECU was able to cut the deficit to four (12-8) in the next 30 seconds.

Cameron then kept the lead around three to seven points until the final 4:30 of the half. That is when ECU pushed back and was able to tie the game at 23 on an 8-2 run, with 1:47 left in the stanza. However, the Aggies scored the final five points of the half to take a 28-23 lead into the locker room.

Cameron pushed the lead to double-digits in the first four minutes of the second half, before a 7-0 run by the Tigers over the next three minutes cut the deficit to 39-32.

East Central managed to get with two at 53-51 on a free throw by Marcus Lytle with 3:22 to play.

The Aggies followed with an 11-4 surge that helped put the game away.

The Tigers will now get ready to head home for two Great American Conference games at the Kerr Activities Center. ECU will host Henderson State at 7:30 p.m. Thursday before Ouachita Baptist comes to town at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.