Score: Evangel 66, Central Methodist 79 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (13-10, 9-8); Central Methodist (8-15, 7-10)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Ashcroft Center
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A cold night from the field saw the Evangel men's basketball team fall 79-66, to Central Methodist Thursday night in Heart Conference action.
The Crusaders battled back from a cold start, taking a 33-32 lead into the locker room at halftime. However, the lead would be short-lived as Central Methodist started the half with a 16-4 run taking a 48-37 lead at the 14-minute mark of the second half.
Evangel struggled offensively behind the arc going just 3 of 18 from distance while shooting 43 percent from the field in the game. CMU made 14 three-pointers and shot 60 percent from the field in the second half to lead by as many as 18.
The Eagles were led by James Byrd who made six three-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points. Josh Robinson added 13 points and 11 assists to finish with a double-double.
Evangel heads to Nebraska on Saturday looking to get back on the winning track against Peru State. Tipoff from Peru, Nebraska is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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