Southeast suffered a frustrating 78-71 loss to North Central Jan. 13th, at the Truman Center. SCC jumped out to a 26-13 lead powered by hot three-point shooting. But the pirates slowly climbed their way back and pulling within two points at halftime 40-38. In the first half the Storm shot 50 percent from the field and was 6-15 from behind the arc.
Jalen Gant took over the game in the 2nd half. SCC had no answer for Gant as the North Central player poured in 23 points, on his way to a game high 34. He also grabbed a game total 16 rebounds for a double/double.
But the big problem was at the free throw line. Southeast went an ice-cold 4-15 from the charity stripe. The pirates answered for 13-20 at the line. North Central overwhelmed SCC on the boards, outrebounding the Storm 48-31.
The Pirates held Jalen Wilkins-McCoy to just nine points on 3/11 shooting. Daniel Quesenberry led the Storm with 14 points, including 4-8 from beyond the arc. Darian McDonald added 11 points. Vandaryle Spells was a bright spot off the bench. The freshman scored nine points on 4-5 shooting, and notched three steals defensively.
The loss dropped Southeast's record to 1-17 on the season.