Emporia State women, men split nail-biters vs. Central Missouri

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WARRENSBURG, Mo. (Emporia State athletics) - The Lady Hornets overcame a 15 point second half deficit to defeat #21 Central Missouri 65-63 on Saturday in Warrensburg, Mo.

Both teams came out slowly with the Jennies leading 8-7 after the first quarter. It was the lowest scoring opening period for an Emporia State opponent this season and matched the Lady Hornets lowest scoring period.

Central Missouri took a 23-17 lead with 5:41 left in second quarter on a Megan Skaggs three-pointer. Tyra Jones scored inside with 27 seconds left in the half to pull Emporia State within 25-21 at the break.

Addie Lackey scored on a layup with 6:37 left in the third to make it 32-27 when the Jennies went on a 10-0 run to take a 42-27 with 3:22 left in the quarter. The Lady Hornets still trailed by 15 when they scored seven points in a 14 second span, capped by a Brittany Kramer three-pointer to pull within 44-36 with 2:35 left in the quarter. ESU cut the deficit to five on a pair of Emily Miller free throws with 18.2 seconds left but Paige Redmond beat the buzzer to give UCM a 48-41 lead going to the fourth quarter.

The Jennies led 55-48 with 7:24 remaining in the fourth when the Lady Hornets went on a 12-0 run to take the lead. Brittany Kramer hit three free throws with 4:40 left to give Emporia State the lead for good and a Jessica Wayne three-pointer gave the Lady Hornets a 63-58 lead with 2:59 left. Morgan Fleming hit one of two free throws with 1:47 left and Skaggs scored an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:04 remaining to pull the Jennies within 63-62.

Morgan Laudan turned the ball over with 44 seconds left but then got a steal with 36 seconds remaining. Tyra Jones was fouled with 15.9 seconds left and converted both free throws to put Emporia State up 65-62. Redmond's jumper at the buzzer for the Jennies was off the mark and the Lady Hornets came away with their first win in Warrensburg since December 11, 2010.

Tyra Jones had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead Emporia State. Jessica Wayne matched her point total with 17 points and added five rebounds, three steals and three assists while Emily Miller scored 14 points.

The Lady Hornets will return to White Auditorium on Valentine's Day to take on Central Oklahoma. Tip-off on February 14 is set for 5:30 p.m.

In a game that saw seven ties and 13 lead changes, Central Missouri got the final basket with 1.5 seconds left as Emporia State fell 73-71 I Warrensburg on Saturday afternoon.

The Hornets used a 13-0 run in the first half to take a 23-7 lead with 10:18 left in the first half. Emporia State led 25-12 when the Mules went on a 20-2 run and took a 32-27 lead with 2:36 left in the half. The Hornets answered with a 9-0 run of their own started by six straight points from Julius Jackson. Duncan Fort got the last two points of the run on a layup with eight seconds left but Michael Winger beat the buzzer with a jumper for UCM as Emporia State took a 36-34 lead into the break.

Malik Hluchoweckyj hit a three with 13:53 left to give the Hornets a 49-43 lead. He hit another three pointer with 10:26 remaining to make it 57-52. Daniel Farris then scored inside for the Mules to cut the lead to 57-54 and neither team would take more than a three point lead the rest of the way.

Matt Wilkinson gave the Mules a 69-68 lead with 2:24 left but Jackson was fouled on a three-pointer with 58.1 seconds left and hit all three to give the Hornets a 71-69 lead. Jafar Kinsey hit two free throws for the Mules to tie the game at 71 with 46.2 seconds left. Emporia State called their final timeout with 34.7 seconds left and 19 seconds on the shot clock. Jackson missed a layup with 22 seconds left and Kinsey was able to hit a contested jumper with 1.5 seconds left to give the Mules the 73-71 win.

Julius Jackson led Emporia State with 21 points and was joined in double figures by Kooper Glick with 18 and Hassan Thomas with 13 points. Kooper Glick also led the Hornets with ten rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Emporia State will return to White Auditorium for four of their final six games beginning with a Valentine's Day match-up with Central Oklahoma. Tip-off on February 14 is set for 7:30 p.m.