Slow start sinks MCC men at Reiver Classic

COUNCIL BLUFFS – A 16-point first half created too much of a deficit for the Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team to overcome, and the Tigers fell 63-55 to Missouri State University-West Plains in the opening game of Friday’s Hampton Inn-Holiday Inn Reiver Classic.

Marshalltown (2-2) shot just 18.5 percent from the field in the first half, yet trailed by only seven – 23-16 – at the break. But it turned out to be too much of a margin for the Tigers, despite shooting 48.4 percent in the second half.

MCC got thumped on the boards, 52-26, yet forced West Plains (4-1) into 19 turnovers and limited the Grizzlies to 3-of-17 shooting from 3-point range.

Troidell Carter was MCC’s lone double-digit scorer, collecting 12 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the field. The Tigers did not make a 3-pointer in the first half.

Kenny Strong contributed a pair of treys in the second half and finished with eight points off the bench.

MCC faces Labette CC today at 3 p.m.