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March 3, 2014

Men’s Basketball Earns Season Sweep of Savage Storm

Ada — The East Central University men’s basketball team swept the 2013-14 series with arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State, with a 76-60 win over the Savage Storm at the Kerr Activities Center in Great American Conference action.

 

The Tigers (15-10, 12-7 GAC) were paced by senior Henry Pwono, who had the game of his career.  The Pittsburgh, Pa., native broke his career records with 36 points and 15 rebounds, while adding an assist, block and two steals.  Redshirt freshman A.J. Moutry added 10 points and four boards for ECU, while senior Shaq Burrell garnered nine points and six assists.

 

The Savage Storm (8-15, 5-13 GAC) came out ready to fight, using a 9-3 run in the first three minutes to take an early lead.  However, the Tigers followed with a 13-2 run over the next three minutes to take control of the scoreboard for good.

 

ECU kept a three to seven-point lead over the next four minutes before pushing the advantage out to 11, with 7:30 left in the first stanza.  The lead remained between seven and 10 points for the rest of the half, with the Tigers holding a 42-33 lead at the intermission.

 

ECU built the lead out to 12 in the opening three minutes, with a 5-2 run to start the half.  The Tigers kept a strong advantage through the next seven minutes before the Savage Storm used a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to six (58-52), with 8:16 left to play.

 

The Tigers followed with a 16-1 run, over the next four minutes, to lead by 21.  In the final minutes of the game Southeastern went on a 7-2 run, but the lead was too much to overcome and ECU earned the 76-60 win.

 

The game was close in most statistical categories, with the Tigers earning key advantages in second-chance points and free throws.  ECU tallied 20 points on the second opportunity and allowed just six by the Savage Strom.  The Tigers also held a key 25-of-31 to 11-of-17 advantage at the charity stripe.

 

ECU will play its final regular-season game, Saturday, March 1 at 4 p.m. when Arkansas Tech comes to town.  Before the start of the game, the Tigers will honor their six seniors in Chris Lee, Henry Pwono, Colby Carr, Chris Fisher, Shaq Burrell and Miles Mitchell.

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