From staff reports

sports@joplinglobe.com

Ozark Christian College was unable to stay with the Hillsdale Free Will Baptist men’s basketball team on Saturday.

The Saints, from Moore, Okla., used a 54-point second half to race past the Ambassadors 100-88.

The OCC women outlasted the visitor 51-44 in the first game.

Turnovers might have been the No. 1 culprit for OCC in the men’s contest, according to its coach Chris Lahm.

OCC, which fell to 2-18 entering Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. game at Calvary Bible, finished with 27 turnovers to 16 for Hillsdale.

OCC, which trailed 46-44 at the half, received double-figure scoring from five players — Stephen Tackett (18), Justin Crain (13), Brant Smith (12), Clancy Allmoslecher (10) and Caleb Hutchcraft (10).

Allmoslecher snared 11 rebounds and Hutchcraft and Tackett each had six assists. Hutchcraft added four steals.

Six Saints scored 10 or more points with Chadd Gehrke netting 15. The visitor sank 15-of-49 treys.

The OCC women, 4-12 entering Tuesday’s 5:30 contest at Calvary Bible, expanded a 26-21 halftime lead.

Melea Cook had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Ambassadors. Kala Brust added 13 points and 11 boards and Brittany Owen contributed 10 points.

OCC hit just 30 percent from the field. But the Saints were worse at 27 percent and trailed 53-45 in rebounding. The Ambassadors also hit 19-of-34 from the foul line to 3-of-14 for Hillsdale.

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