Central Missouri 77,
WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Central Missouri (9-3, 3-1 MIAA) built a 35-22 lead and held off the RiverHawks (10-3, 3-2), which lost their second in a row.
Bryton Hobbs led NSU and all scorers with 25 points. Jermaine Bransford had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Ethan Anderson had 14 points. For UCM, Lance Beckwith and Dominique Long had 17 points each and Widgett Washington had 15. The RiverHawks had 12 assists as well.
The game was tied at 11-all when the Mules went on a 16-2 run to open a 27-13 lead with 7:24 left in the half. The RiverHawks were able to close to within nine on a couple of occasions, before UCM scored the final four points of the half to lead 35-22 at the intermission.
Central Missouri pushed the lead to 15 in the first minute of the second half, their biggest lead of the game. The RiverHawks battled back though and closed to within nine points at the 14:28 mark. A pair of free throws from Charles Hammork pushed the lead back to 11, but NSU came right back with a 9-1 run, including a two baskets by Hobbs, to pull within 48-45 with 10:27 left in the game.
Northeastern State shot 26-of-52 for 50 percent from the floor and they were 5-of-13 from three-point range for 39 percent. NSU was 12-of-16 from the charity stripe for 75 percent.
“If we could have made one or two more plays, then realistically we would’ve had a chance to win the game,” NSU coach Larry Gipson said. “We can’t start games in this league like we have the last two and expect to win.”
NSU stays on the road through Saturday’s game at Bolivar, Mo., against Southwest Baptist. Tipoff is 3:30 p.m.
Marshall 79, Tulsa 61
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Elijah Pittman scored 19 points to lead three Marshall players in double figures as the Thundering Herd stormed by Tulsa 79-61 in their Conference USA opener.
D.D. Scarver and DeAndre Kane backed Pittman with 16 points each, with Kane adding seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. Dennis Tinnon added six points and 11 rebounds for Marshall (8-8).
Pittman hit a layup for a 7-6 lead about 4 minutes into the game, and Marshall scored the next 17 points for a 24-6 lead. Tulsa missed 12 field goals during the 8-plus minute run.
Shaquille Harrison and James Woodard scored 12 points each for Tulsa (9-7, 1-1), and Kauri Black had five of the Golden Hurricane’s 15 steals.