Tigers fall in semifinals of CCNIT to Oakland City


OAKLAND CITY, INDIANA – One night after dispatching Johnson Bible College in the CCNIT Basketball Tournament, the tables got reversed on the Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers on Friday night.

Taking on the host school – Oakland City – Al Gover’s Tiger squad came out in the first half and couldn’t seemingly buy a basket,while the Mighty Oaks was hitting almost everything they shot at the basket.

As a result, CU-Somerset was forced to play from behind for much of the night – a night when the shots just wouldn’t go down –and as a result, the Tigers found themselves on the wrong side of a 101-67 final score.

“We came out and were really hyped up for this game,and I think that may have played against us a little bit,” lamented coach Gover, after his club fell to 7-19 overall on the season with the loss.

“We were just so hyped up tonight, and we didn’t slowdown enough to really execute and do the things that we needed to do,” Gover added. “We got outrebounded tonight 55-36, and I knew that could be a trouble spot for us in this game because Oakland City was so much bigger than we were.”

Another trouble spot for CU-Somerset was the fact the shots were just not falling for the Tigers, one night after Gover’s club made 14-26 from behind the three-point line in a 106-93 win over Johnson Bible College in the opening round of the tournament.

On Friday night however, it was a much different story.

CU-Somerset made just 9-36 from the field in the opening half for an ice-cold 25 percent, while Oakland City meanwhile was shooting the lights out, connecting on 19-33 field goal attempts in the opening half of play for 57.6 percent.

As a result, the Tigers found themselves down 52-25 at the intermission.

At that juncture, Oakland City was rolling and CU-Somerset was in big-time trouble.

“In the first half offensively, we didn’t execute very well at all,” pointed out Gover.

“The reason we had been playing so well of late is that we had been executing,” added the Tigers coach. “We got away from that a little bit tonight. We got behind, and you just have to chalk it up as a learning experience.”

Titus Ransom led CU-Somerset by scoring 14 of his 15 points after the intermission, while Daniel Coldiron led the Tigers with four,three-point baskets on his way to a 12-point night.

Hunter Stephens also hit for double figures in the loss for the Tigers with 12 points as well.

CU-Somerset – 7-19 in its inaugural season of collegiate basketball – will finish the 2018-’19 season on Saturday night at 6 p.m., taking on CU-Harrodsburg in the third place game of the tournament.

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