SCU Men Split Emotional Weekend Doubleheader

By Tyler Moss

SCU Men’s basketball team got a boost from both youth and experience this weekend as they were led by a senior and freshman in an emotional twin bill split at home.

Friday night, the Eagles welcomed in College of the Ozarks (Mo.) for a MCAC showdown that featured two teams separated by just one game in the conference standings. After taking a 2-0 lead to start the game, SCU fell behind and trailed the entire first half, entering the break down 32-26 as they were out-shot 58 percent to 37 percent from the field.

However, in the second half, the Eagles reversed the trend as they shot a blistering 54 percent from the floor, including a 6-of-11 effort from three-point range. SCU went on to outscore the Bobcats by 12 in the second half on its way to a 63-57 comeback win in a game that featured five ties and four lead changes.

SCU was led in scoring by senior Tyler Averill and freshman Reggie Sloan. Averill, a 6-4 forward from Anaheim, Ca., finished with 15 points and five boards for the Eagles, while Sloan, a 5-10 guard from Edmond, added 15 points of his own.

The Bobcats were led in scoring by senior forward Mike Wiebe, who finished with 16 points. Freshman guard Ethan Murray added 13 points for the Cats, who are now 18-12 on the season.

On Saturday, Haskell Indians Nation University visited SCU’s Pickens Springer Gymnasium in what would turn out to be an equally intense contest. The Eagles trailed for most of the first half, despite shooting a higher percentage than the Indians and went into the break trailing by four. In the second half, the Eagles stuck around, and even took the lead with just over 11 minutes left in the game, but the Indians regained the lead on a bucket by junior point guard Grant Proctor and held SCU at arms length the rest of the way.

Trailing by eight points with just under four minutes remaining, the Eagles mounted a furious comeback, but came up just short, losing 69-67.

Sloan led the way for the Eagles in the losing effort, scoring 25 points on a remarkably efficient 7-of-8 shooting performance, along with an 11-of-15 effort at the free throw line. Averill was the only other SCU player in double figures, scoring 17 points and securing nine rebounds.

The Eagles close out the regular season with a 10-19 record, including a 6-9 mark in MCAC action. They will now begin preparation for conference tournament play next weekend.