The Manhattan Christian College men’s basketball team lost its home opener Tuesday night, falling 82-72 to Central Christian College from McPherson.
Central got off to a solid start in the first half and had a 14-11 lead, and then went on a 12-2 run to go up 26-13.
MCC struggled from the field and from the free-throw line in the first half, shooting only 26 percent from the field and 65 percent from the line. The Crusaders trailed 38-29 at halftime.
The Tigers came out and stretched out their lead in the second half, outscoring MCC 18-7 to start the half, giving them a 56-36 lead with 15:30 left in the game.
MCC wouldn’t go down without a fight, though, as the Crusaders answered with a 16-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to 56-52.
Central responded with two old-fashioned three-point plays to put the margin back to double figures and cruise to the win.
Aaron Miller led the way for Central with 35 points. Sage Ruis led MCC with 17 points, while Alex Hammack added 12 points and Lonnie Penner scored 10.
MCC opened the season with an 80-60 loss at McPherson College on Monday.
Penner led MCC with 14 points, while Bryce Birtell and Sage Ruis chipped in with 12 points each.
MCC will be back in action on Thursday, as it travels to Salina to face Kansas Wesleyan at 7 p.m.