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Cold Shooting Dooms Centurions 93-62

By Scott Lemon, Yellowstone Christian College SID

HAVRE, MT — The Yellowstone Christian College Centurions struggled mightily shooting the basketball on Friday night against Montana State University-Northern, falling 93-62.

The Centurions (1-2) shot a mere 34% (21 of 61) from the floor, 32% (6 of 19) from three-point range, and turned the ball over 19 times. YCC never held a lead in the game.

Yellowstone Christian was paced offensively by freshman Taylan Barrett, who dropped a game-high 19 points. Sophomore Stefan Tellis joined Barrett in double-figures with 12 of his own and picked up three assists.

“We looked a little lethargic tonight. We gave up a lot of easy points. (Northern) was able to get us into foul trouble with those fast break points,” said YCC Head Coach Leonard Epps. However, Epps was quick to point out that his team did compete well in the rebounding game, as MSU-Northern only had five more total rebounds than the Centurions despite the physical size differential.

Epps mentioned that Saturday evening’s matchup against Montana Tech is just one of many back-to-back games the team will play this season. “I want to see how our guys battle back. When adversity hits, that will show how tough our team really is. It’ll show how we will compete down the line when we have more of these two-game weekends, win or lose.”

Northern saw four players in double figures in a very balanced scoring attack, with Badhasa Margarsa leading the charge with 12. As a team, the Lights shot an even 50% from the floor and 52% from downtown.

The Centurions are in the middle of a four-game streak of road games, as their next home game won’t come until Nov. 1 when they play host to cross-town rival Rocky Mountain College. For more information about the season and for full game recaps, visit www.gocenturions.com.

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