Men defeat Northeastern State, break losing streak
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After leading almost the entire first half and a very tight second, the Emporia State men’s basketball team dropped their fourth straight close game, 65-59, to Fort Hays State last weekend in White Auditorium.
“We played good enough to lose this game,” said Shaun Vandiver, head coach. “We played good enough to win it, though. We can’t drop our heads, we can’t get down…Everyone comes up to me and says we’re ready. We’re ready. We’re not going out and getting smacked by 30. If we’re getting smacked by 30, then yeah, take my shoestrings, take my belt, take my shirts that I can rip up. But we’re right there. It’s a thin line in this league.”
The Hornets started out scoring the first six points but despite holding the Tigers scoreless for almost four full minutes, FHSU would take the lead with just over five minutes left at the half. ESU would then string together a 10-1 run, which was quickly countered by a 6-0 from the Tigers to go tie it at 23 at the break.
The second half was a battle, with six ties and three lead changes but the Tigers found themselves up by seven with 6:58 left in the game. ESU strung together a couple baskets and Tyler Jordan, freshman guard, would tie the game with a three ball with about three minutes left in the game.
The Tigers then took control of the game, getting their biggest lead of the night in the last few seconds, taking the game 65-59. “We have had a few tough beats but we try to take it game by game. We just need to keep focused,” Nick Mayes, junior guard and chemistry major said.
“When a team tests your heart like that and you back down, you don’t step up to the challenge, that’s what the outcome’s going to be every time,” said Kaleb Wright, senior guard and health promotions major. “You’re going to lose.”
Both Paul Bunch, senior center, and Wright had 15 points for the night. Terrence Moore, sophomore guard, added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
ESU returned to White Auditorium last night where they beat the Northeastern State RiverHawks 73-65, finally breaking their losing streak.
After trailing by double ditches in the first half, the Hornets managed to close the gap to as little as three but a RiverHawk three helped them end the first with a six point lead, 32-26.
The Hornets kept it close in the second but did not get the lead until the final minutes of the game. Wright lead the Hornets with 25 points. Bunch added a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds.
Hoping to keep the momentum going, the Hornets travel to Edmond Oklahoma to take on Central Oklahoma next Saturday.