ARKANSAS CITY, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College men's basketball team couldn't overcome a big first-half effort by Cowley College, falling 91-72 on the road Wednesday to the Tigers.
With the loss, Cloud County (6-21 overall, 4-20 KJCCC) will have to settle for a season split against Cowley (18-10 overall, 15-9 KJCCC) after winning the matchup in Concordia, back on Jan.6.
Cowley methodically build a 10-point lead by the first-half media timeout, going up 31-21, and would increase its advantage to 52-33 at the break behind a 56 percent shooting performance from the field, including a 43 percent clip from behind the 3-point line.
The Tigers then put the game out of reach early in the second half as they went on a 15-4 run through the first 3:36 of the second half to bump the lead to 67-37.
Cloud County was able to bounce back and play even with the Tigers in a second half with a concerted effort to get to the rim.
The T-Birds were 16-of-19 (84 percent) from the free-throw line in the second half and 23-of-27 (85 percent) for the game.
Redshirt freshman guard Alvin Thompson led all Cloud County players with 17 points and six rebounds.
Cloud County will be back in action on Saturday when it plays its regular season home finale against Allen County Community College.
The T-Birds will be looking for another season series split with the Red Devils after falling 80-64 to Allen County back on Jan. 10.
Tip-off on Saturday is scheduled for 8 p.m.