The East Central University men’s basketball team will play its final game of the 2012-13 season at the Kerr Activities Center, Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. when they host Southern Nazarene.
Scouting Southern Nazarene
The Crimson Storm is 13-10 overall and 8-9 in the Great American Conference after falling in their last outing.
After some roster changes from the first time that ECU and SNU met, the Crimson Storm has two players averaging double figures in the scoring column. Quan Conner leads the team with 16 points and four rebounds per game while shooting .399 overall and .388 from beyond the arc. Bradley Toone is a new addition to the team, having played in just two games, but he is netting 10 points and seven rebounds per game.
As a team, SNU is shooting .465 from the floor and .345 from three-point range while allowing .418 and .344 marks. The Crimson Storm has a +4.0 scoring and +3.7 rebounding margin on the season. The second half has been much more offensive in SNU’s games. The Crimson Storm has tallied 130 more points and allowed 103 more than the first.
Against the Crimson Storm
The first meeting between ECU and SNU this season resulted in a 68-83 loss for the Tigers. The Crimson Storm shot 52.6 percent for the game and held ECU to 39.7 percent.
Junior Colby Carr had a career game, scoring 31 points and adding nine rebounds. Junior Shaq Burrell also tallied 11 points for the Tigers.
The Crimson Storm was led by two players who are no longer on the team, with the top returner from the series being Quan Conner. Conner tallied 12 points and seven boards.
Thursday’s meeting will be just the 14th in the all-time series. After the win earlier this season, the Crimson Storm took a slight 7-6 advantage in the series that dates back to the 1972-73 season.
Junior Gregory Ardister recorded his second double-double of the season against Southwestern when the Bulldogs came to Ada. Earlier this season, Ardister tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds in Weatherford and when Southwestern was in Ada he added 15 points and 12 boards. It marks the third time this season that an ECU player has earned double-doubles in two games against the same team.
For two games the Tigers used strong three-point shooting to mount come-backs. In the game against Harding, ECU went 11-of-21 from beyond the arc (52.4 percent). The Tigers shot just 37.5 percent from three-point range (3-of-8) in the first half and then exploded for an 8-of-13 mark (61.5 percent) in the second half.
Against Ouachita Baptist, ECU again hit just three triples in the first half but went 3-of-6. The Tigers then added an 8-of-13 mark (61.5 percent) in the second half to finish 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) for the game.
Carr’s Career Night
While junior Colby Carr has been a consistent scorer for the Tigers, he added to his career totals against Southern Nazarene (Jan. 17). The New Orleans, La., native tallied a career-high 31 points on 10 field goals and eight free throws. Carr is the first ECU player to score 30+ points in a single game since Jan. 4, 2010, when Eric Allen scored 31 at Southwestern Christian.
For the first time in the 2012-13 season, two players tallied double-doubles in the same game for the Tigers against Southern Arkansas (Jan. 5). Junior Colby Carr tallied his fourth, and third-straight with a career-best 19 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Jason Williams tallied his first of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers will finish the season on the road with games at Southeastern Oklahoma State (Feb. 28) and Arkansas Tech (March 2).