Special to The Sun
Seth Heckart scored eight points during a 22-6 run early in the second half that put Central Oklahoma back in control and the Bronchos went on to roll over Oklahoma City 85-63 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House on the second day of the UCO Classic.
The Stars had trimmed a 14-point first-half deficit to four early in the second half before Heckart scored five straight points to ignite the big scoring spurt that ended with UCO holding a 20-point cushion and the Bronchos coasted in from there.
It was the fourth straight win for Central, which improved to 6-1 in finishing off a two-game sweep in the weekend event.
“We played really well Friday in second half and Saturday we played a pretty complete game except for the last five minutes of the first half,” said head coach Terry Evans, whose team rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Southern Nazarene 82-78 Friday night. “We did a good job with our inside game and any time you can make more than 10 3s in a game you’re going to be happy.”
The Bronchos shot a season-best 51.6 percent (33-of-64) from the field, hitting 12-of-24 (50 percent) tries from 3-point range. UCO also scored 38 points inside the paint.
Josh Gibbs once again led the way, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double. The senior star went 10-of-15 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers and had nine of his boards on the defensive end.
Cal Andrews was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc in scoring 16 points while also blocking two shots, Heckart made 5-of-7 shots with three treys in adding 13 points and six assists and Philip Brown chipped in 10 points and six boards.
The Bronchos never trailed after Gibbs hit a long 3-pointer just five seconds into the game, were up by double digits (14-4) after five minutes and led by 14 (35-21) with 3:50 left in the half.
Oklahoma City University ended the half with a 12-3 run to get within 38-33 at the break and had the margin down to four at 40-36 early in the second when Heckart kick-started the decisive outburst.
The sophomore guard made an eight-foot jumper and followed an Andrews block on the other end with a long-distance dagger from the top of the key to quickly push UCO’s lead back to nine and that became a 20-point advantage when Heckart fed Brown for a layup to cap the run that made it 62-42 at the 12:56 mark.
OCU never got closer than 16 the rest of the way.
The Bronchos go on the road to open Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play Thursday at Lindenwood (Mo.).