Special to The Sun
SPRINGFIELD, Mo —
Another poor shooting outing led to a third straight loss for Central Oklahoma here Friday on the first day of the Drury Classic.
The Bronchos stayed close with the host Panthers until the final 10 minutes before Drury ended the game with a 35-10 run to pull away to an 87-57 victory.
UCO, shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 59.4 percent from the free throw line for the season, misfired throughout the game in dropping to 1-3 on the season.
The Bronchos hit just 20-of-55 shots (36.4 percent) — including 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from 3-point range — and 14-of-25 free throws (56.0 percent).
Josh Davis led UCO with 15 points and Josh Gibbs added 10 as the only two players in double figures. The Bronchos were without leading scorer Seth Heckart because of the flu.
UCO trailed by just five (52-47) after Gibbs hit two free throws midway through the second half, but Drury quickly pulled away from there as the Bronchos were 3-of-12 from the field and 4-of-9 from the foul line the rest of the way.
Central started the game well and was up 10-7 after a June Carter free throw five minutes in. Carter’s layup at the 6:02 mark gave the Bronchos a 16-15 lead before Drury reeled off eight unanswered points to take the lead for good.
The Panthers led 34-28 at intermission and kept the lead around that margin until breaking it open down the stretch.
UCO takes on Missouri-St. Louis at 1 p.m. Saturday to end the two-day classic.