Men's basketball shut down in 59-56 loss to Central Methodist

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Nov. 29 at Ashcroft CTR

FINAL

Central Methodist (7-4, 1-0)

59

#21 CRUSADERS (7-3, 0-1)

56

Springfield, Mo. –  The Evangel failed to score in the last 3:16 of regulation as Central Methodist defeated the Crusaders 59-56 in the Ashcroft Center Thursday. The game was the Heart of America conference opener for both teams.

Zack Kleine’s three-point basketball with 3:16 remaining gave Evangel a 56-53 lead but it would be the Crusaders’ last
points of the night.

Evangel still didn’t relinquish the lead until 30 seconds remaining when the Eagles would get a steal and Michael Bank’s
lay-up in transition gave Central Methodist their first lead of the second half 57-56.

J.J. Williams missed a three-point attempt on the next possession with 12 seconds remaining and the Eagles’ Alex Barner
was fouled on the ensuing rebound. Barner hit both free throws putting Evangel behind by three. Brodie Wingert missed a three-point attempt from four seconds remaining and Evangel had a second chance after the rebound went out of bounds
of Central Methodist. Jayme Donnelly’s 24-foot attempt from the left wing was off-line at the buzzer giving the Eagles the win.

Stephen Cotten and Wingert had 12 points each for Evangel while Melvin Tillman had 19 for the Eagles to lead all
scorers.

Evangel dropped their second straight game for the first time this season and fell to 7-3 and 0-1 in the conference.
Central Methodist improves to 7-4 and 1-0. 

Evangel is at Benedictine Saturday for a conference game. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. in Atchison, Kan.

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