Southeastern slips around MCC men

WEST BURLINGTON – A slow start at the defensive end and second-half futility from the free-throw line cost the Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team in a 73-69 loss to Southeastern Wednesday.

Tyrie Orosco scored 21 points and Jordan Stevens added 17 to lead the Blackhawks (18-4, 1-1) and hand the Tigers their second straight narrow defeat in ICCAC Division I play.

“The way we started defensively hurt us,” MCC coach Brynjar Brynjarrson said. “We struggled to stay in front of them, which was surprising because we haven’t really been bothered by penetration all year.”

Despite the early struggles on defense, the Tigers stayed close throughout and trailed by just two with less than a minute to play. Southeastern hit a contested 17-footer with 52 seconds left to spell the difference in the game.

The Tigers switched to a zone to slow down the Blackhawks, but made just 9-of-16 free throws in the second half. MCC finished 18-of-27 for the game.

“It came down to us not making our free throws in the second half,” said Brynjarsson, whose team trailed 40-34 at intermission.

“If we make our free throws, we’re not in that situation,” Brynjarsson said.

Chris Caird led four Tigers in double figures with 17 points. Jamal Gatali had 15 points, while Troidell Carter and Lamont Adair each had 10.

Rahiem Holloway tallied seven points, Cameron Robinson had six, and Matej Delinac and Marlon Williams both had two.

Joe Scott added 10 points for Southeastern, which improved to 15-1 at home.

The Tigers (14-4, 0-2) host Quakerdale Promise Academy Saturday in non-conference play with tip-off at 7 p.m.