Puerto Rico-Bayamon scored off a tip-in in the waning seconds as the Vaqueros nipped the East Central University Tigers 83-82 on Sunday.

ECU fell to 4-5 with the setback and finished with a 2-1 run in its trip to Puerto Rico.

The Tigers shot 48.5 percent from the field and out-rebounded the hosts by a whopping 56-38 margin, but was victimized by 24 turnovers, compared to the Vaqueros’ 10.

Senior center Ian Adams poured in 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting and collected six rebounds and five assists while blocking six shots to fuel ECU while sophomore guard Dontae Figgs added 16 points as he connected on 7-of-11 shots from the floor and picked up three assists.

Tyler Thetford, a senior guard, added 15 points, including three treys, to go along with six assists for the Tigers and freshman forward Wes May ended up with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

May also finished with four assists and a pair of steals.

Melvin Rivera fired in 28 points and was 5-of-12 from 3-point territory for Bayamon. Michael Gonzalez followed with 11 points and Angel Feliciano chipped in 10.

The Vaqueros shot 38.7 percent for the game, converted on eight treys and was 17-of-27 (63 percent) from the charity stripe. ECU hit only 13 of its 24 free-throw attempts (54.2 percent).

There were 15 lead changes in the game and the Tigers held the largest lead of the game at 41-29, but Bayamon went on a 14-0 run to end the first half and secure a 43-41 halftime edge.

The Vaqueros also had a 27-16 advantage in points off turnovers.

ECU is idle until Dec. 31 when it visits St. Gregory’s University for a 2 p.m. non-conference contest in Shawnee.

The Tigers then play at Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas on Jan. 3 for an 8 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover clash.



East Central’s Lady Tigers managed just 13 field goals and committed 28 turnovers in dropping a 64-41 decision to Puerto Rico-Bayamon on Sunday.

The loss dropped ECU to 5-5 on the season as the Lady Tigers posted a 2-1 record in the trip to Puerto Rico.

Senior Kacey Thomas paced ECU with 12 points and nine rebounds as she knocked down 5-of-7 shots from the floor while Angela Kalanoska, on the strength of three 3-pointers, added 11 points.

Laura Harris chipped in seven points and had the Lady Tigers’ only other trey.

The Vaqueras, who held a 29-21 halftime advantage, outscored the Lady Tigers 35-20 in the second half.

Normarie Montalvo led Bayamon with 14 points, including three treys, followed by Keisha Bachour with 12 points and Angelie Morales with 10.

ECU shot just 34.2 percent for the game and was only 4-of-17 from long range (23.5 percent). The Lady Tigers also struggled from the line, connecting on just 11-of-22 free throws (50 percent).

The Vaqueras shot at a 41.5 percent pace and were 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from 3-point land.

They hit only 11-of-20 free throws (55 percent), but committed just 15 turnovers.

ECU now takes a break until Jan. 3 when it visits Tarleton State in a Lone Star Conference crossover contest at 6 p.m. in Stephenville, Texas.

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