Southeastern struggles from long range in loss to East Central

SE Athletics
Matt Thomas

DURANTBrennen Burns turned in a game-high 17 points, but a rough night of long-range shooting would prove hard to overcome in a 69-63 loss to East Central on Monday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

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The loss drops the Savage Storm to 15-8 overall on the year and 12-6 in Great American Conference play.

Burns led all scorers in the game with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while also handing out a team-best four assists and grabbing four rebounds.

Kody Clouet joined Burns in double-figures with 11 points, while Robert Briley came off the bench with 10 points.

Southeastern shot 40 percent form the field overall, but turned in a 1-of-14 three-point shooting effort in the first half and would finish 3-of-23 for the game.

Briley and Clouet each pulled down eight rebounds, while Jett Sternberger added six.

The teams came out trading buckets with the Storm holding a 5-4 lead before the Tigers answered with a 7-0 run to take an 11-5 lead by the 12:14 mark of the first half.

The ECU lead would reach nine points, but a 6-0 SE run would get the game back to one possession at 18-15 with 5:55 to play in the half.

The Tigers would push the lead back out to 10 points by the 2:12 mark, with Southeastern closing the gap to 32-25 at the halftime break.

Southeastern would chip away to open the second half, with a Kyle Leslie bucket closing to 34-32 a minute and a half into the second frame.

The Tigers would push their lead back out, hitting 10 points by the 12:13 mark when the Storm reeled off a 7-0 run to again close the deficit to one possession at 48-45 with 10:32 to play.

ECU would hold onto the lead, with SE closing the gap again down the stretch as RJ Weeks connected on a pair of free throws to get the Storm within two at 60-58 with 3:15 remaining.

Burns would again narrow the gap to two at 65-63 with 1:19 to play on a jumper in the paint, but that would end the Storm rally as the Tigers would score the final four points of the game to swipe a 69-63 final score.

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