Northeastern State men's basketball took on the University of Central Missouri Saturday morning. The RiverHawks couldn't overpower the Mules, losing 81-62. NSU is now 2-8 on the season and 1-3 in MIAA, while the University of Central Missouri improved to 11-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The Mules took an early six point lead, (10-4), at the 15:25 mark. NSU's Demone Harrison cut the lead to three with a basket from behind the arc. The Mules went on a 7-2 run shortly after, when Brennen Hughes dumped a layup. By the 13:06 mark UCM led 17-9.
Central Missouri led by as much as 15 points in the first half, leading 32-20 by halftime. NSU kept the scoring gap close for most of the final half, but the Mules quickly picked up a 22 point lead for a 19 point win over Northeastern State.
NSU guard Demone Harrison led the RiverHawks in shooting, finishing the game with 20 points. Central Missouri's Rakeem Dickerson led all scorers with 21 points.
Field: 34.5 percent
3-point: 25 percent
Free throw: 84.2 percent
Field: 59.2 percent
3-point: 52.2 percent
Free throw: 44 percent
The RiverHawks will take the court again to host Central Christian College, December 31 at 1:30 p.m. in the NSU Event Center.