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January 22, 2014

East Central Basketball Notebook


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The Game

The East Central University men’s basketball team will wrap up the first half the Great American Conference season, when they travel to face arch rival Southeastern tonight in Durant for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff inside the Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

 

The Broadcast

ECU’s radio home for Tigers basketball in 2012-13 is Ada’s KXFC, 105.5, FM ‘The X-Factor’. Kenny Morrison returns to broadcast the games for his 17th season. Morrison, a 1987 ECU graduate, spent two seasons doing color prior to taking over the play-by-play duties during the 1997-98 season.

 

 Scouting Southeastern

The Savage Storm started out the season by winning their first four games, but have lost the last nine games for a 4-9 overall mark and a 2-6 record in the GAC.

Southeastern is averaging a -4.9 scoring a +0.8 rebounding margin for the season, but has a .465 to .426 lead in shooting percentage.

The Savage Storm have three players that are averaging double-digits in the points column. Urald King leads the team with 15.8 points per game and 8.5 boards, while shooting .614 from the field. Taylor Smaller added 10.9 points, while John Balwigaire has averaged 10.1 points per game.

 

Against the Savage Storm

Last season showed the true nature of the rivalry between ECU and Southeastern, with each team winning by just one point on its home court.

Senior Colby Carr led the Tigers in the series with the Savage Storm, averaging 21.5 points and eight rebounds per outing, while shooting .515 from the field. Senior Miles Mitchell added 7.5 points per game.

Travis Timmons is the top returner for Southeastern, with 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

 

The Series

The all-time series with Southeastern is one of the longest in school history, dating back to the 1927-28 season. The teams have not played just four seasons, with two of those being because of World War II. In 165 battles, Southeastern currently holds an 83-82 advantage.

 

Making a Statement

The Tigers had a strong showing against Southwestern Adventist, scoring 122 points. The number was the most in school history, with the previous high being 117. It was also the first time since Jan. 7, 2010 that ECU had scored 100+ points in a game when they fell 128-104.

 

Making Improvements

ECU finished the first portion of the 2013-14 season with a 6-4 record, marking the first time since 2007-08 that the Tigers were above .500 at the holiday break. They started 2007-08 with a 6-3 mark and finished 14-13 overall.

With the 62-61 overtime win over Southern Nazarene, the Tigers also surpassed their win total from the 2013-14 season, with nine. ECU also moved to 6-3 in the GAC, one more win in the conference than a season ago.

 

Mitchell Up for Good Works Team

Senior Miles Mitchell was recently named a nominee for the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

Mitchell is one of 43 nominees for the DII, DIII and NAIA section and the only member of the group from the Great American Conference. The team will be announced in February and will consist of five student-athletes from the group of 43.

 

Up Next

The Tigers will start the second half of the conference season by hosting Harding, Saturday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. in the Kerr Activities Center.

 

ECU WOMEN

The East Central University women's basketball team will face their final new opponent of the regular season tonight when they travel to Durant  to battle with arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State at 5:30 p.m. in Boomer Sullivan Arena.

 

The Broadcast

ECU's radio home for Lady Tigers basketball in 2013-14 is Ada's KXFC, 105.5, FM 'The X-Factor'. Kenny Morrison returns to broadcast the games for his 17th season. Morrison, a 1987 ECU graduate, spent two seasons doing color prior to taking over the play-by-play duties during the 1997-98 season.

 

Scouting Southeastern

The Savage Storm are 8-6 overall and 5-3 in the Great American Conference, but have lost their last three games. Southeastern has a strong home record, going 5-1 so far in 2013-14.

The Savage Storm are averaging a +3.7 scoring and +3.1 rebounding margin for the year and have advantages in shooting percentage (.393/.353) despite having taken 50 fewer shots.

Southeastern has three players that are averaging double-digit point totals for the year. Emily Williams leads the team with 12.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Breanna Small-Peppers, who did not play in the last game, averages 11.7 points and 7.8 boards per game, while shooting .526 from the field. Haley Schaefer is the final member of the trio with 11.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per outing.

 

Against the Savage Storm

The Lady Tigers had a strong 2012-13 season against the Savage Storm, earning wins in both meetings by an average of 10 points. ECU earned a 98-85 win in Ada and then a closer, 69-62, win in Durant.

 

Junior Dilan Webster led the Lady Tiger returners in the series, with 13 points and eight rebounds per game, while adding five blocks. Senior Alycea Price added 9.5 points and 11.5 boards per game, while junior Erin Walling contributed 10 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Haley Schaefer and Emily Williams are the top returners from the series for the Savage Storm. Schaefer tallied 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, while Williams added eight points and 6.5 boards per game.

 

The Series

The all-time series with the Savage Storm is one of the longest in school history, dating back to the 1983-84 season when records are available. Southeastern currently owns a 34-30 advantage in the series, but the Lady Tigers have won the last three games.

 

Jackson Grabbing the Boards

Redshirt freshman Jalyn Jackson has been pulling in the rebounds for the Lady Tigers this season, recording 10 or more rebounds in four games so far. The Oklahoma City native had a career-best 17 boards at Southern Arkansas, which included 11 offensive boards. She also added 17 against Southwestern (12 offensive), 10 at Harding (six offense) and 10 against Northwestern (eight offense).

 

Walling Wowing

Junior Erin Walling has been improving all season and had one of the best games of her career against the Evangels. Walling tallied a career-high 22 points, with career-highs of six field goals and seven free throws.

 

Up Next

The Lady Tigers will return home for a single game before hitting the road for a weekend series in Arkansas. ECU will host No. 8 Harding, Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Kerr Activities Center for a 2 p.m. tip. The game will mark the start of the second half of the GAC season.