Men's College Basketball

Wildcats snap 31-game losing streak by beating Trojans

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 1:55 am Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 2:02 am

CANTON, Mo. -- The first victory of a season comes as a relief for most teams.

For the Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team, it presents a fresh start.

The Wildcats defeated Hannibal-LaGrange University 97-80 Tuesday night at Charles Field House to snap a 31-game losing streak that lasted a little more than a year.

It's the first victory for C-SC (1-2) since the 2016 season opener against Williams Woods, a span of 368 days.

"We'd been haunted with losses for so long," C-SC guard Mike Johnson said. "It's kind of nice to restart this thing. As a team, I think we can keep doing it."

It was a dominant performance as the Wildcats never trailed and never led by less than 13 points in the second half.

C-SC coach Jack Schrader hopes it's a turning point for a program that is just four years removed from a 24-win season and NAIA national tournament appearance.

"This is great for us," Schrader said. "You learn to win by winning."

The Wildcats jumped on the Trojans early, building a 9-2 lead keyed by seven points from forward Colin Jones. The junior had missed the first two games of the year due to personal reasons.

"The guys just kept telling me to come out with energy, so that's what I tried to do," Jones said. "You see what happened."

The Trojans closed the deficit to nine points with a little more than two minutes left in the first half, but the Wildcats ended the period on an 11-2 run to take a 50-32 lead into the locker room.

"We know that if we get off to a fast start, it's going to be a beautiful game," Jones said. "We were all just feeling it."

The Wildcats never took their foot off the gas in the second half. Jones finished with a game-high 30 points and Johnson added 28 points while C-SC shot 14-for-27 from 3-point range as a team.

"Once we all get going, we know it," Johnson said. "It gets contagious."

It was the second big scoring night of the season for Johnson following a 32-point performance in the Wildcats' season opening loss to William Woods.

"He's tough. He's patient and lets the game come to him," Schrader said. "He can score in a variety of ways."

Tarae Potter had a double-double for C-SC with 18 points and 10 assists. The Trojans were led by Tim Pace with 17 points.

 

Culver-Stockton 97, Hannibal-LaGrange 80

HANNIBAL-LAGRANGE (0-1)

Ison 3-11 0-0 6, Hively 5-10 1-1 11, Pace 6-14 4-6 17, Elbe 1-4 1-2 4, Early 1-5 2-2 5, Ingle 4-8 0-0 11, Plunkett 0-1 2-2 2, Hueitt Jr. 7-14 0-0 14, Smith 4-8 0-1 10. Totals 31-75 10-14 80.

CULVER-STOCKTON (1-2)

Jones 9-12 8-9 30, Smith 3-10 0-0 6, Potter 6-17 5-6 18, Johnson 11-20 0-4 28, Iturria 3-5 0-0 9, Fernandez 0-0 4-4 4, Millar 0-0 0-0 0, Newby 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, McCalley 0-1 2-5 2, Fischer 0-0 0-0 0, Nyang 0-0 0-0 0, March 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-65 19-28 97.

Halftime score--C-SC 50, HLGU 32. 3-point field goals--HLGU 8-25 (Ingle 3-6, Smith 2-3, Early 1-4, Elbe 1-4, Pace 1-2, Ison 0-3, Hueitt Jr. 0-2, Hively 0-1), C-SC 14-27 (Johnson 6-11, Jones 4-6, Iturria 3-4, Potter 1-6). Rebounds--HLGU 40 (Smith 7), C-SC 45 (Smith 9, Potter 9). Assists--HLGU 21 (Pace 5), C-SC 17 (Potter 10). Steals--HLGU 6 (Hively 2), C-SC 6 (Johnson 2). Blocked shots--HLGU 2 (Ison, Smith), C-SC 5 (Smith 2). Turnovers--HLGU 10, C-SC 12. Fouls--HLGU 22, C-SC 13. Fouled out--Smith.

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