Ten freshmen at Owens Community College learned a valuable lesson last night.
The Express men s basketball team was complacent in the first half and trailed the Siena Heights junior varsity 35-31 at halftime.
But Owens outscored the Saints 22-0 in the first five minutes of the second half.
“We played with more urgency in the second half,” Owens coach Jim Welling said, noting that 10 of the 12 players who saw action last night are in their first year with the team. He said they learned that playing anything less than full speed won t get the job done.
Dominic Perry-Harrison led Owens with 26 points. Sean Washington added 14, Andrae Martin and Willie Tisdale 12 and Danny Rose 11.
Martin also had nine rebounds as Owens outrebounded the visitors 46-32.
Owens travels to Lorain Community College for a game tomorrow.
No. 1 CONNECTICUT 70, YALE 60
STORRS. Conn. - Emeka Okafor, the AP s preseason player of the year, had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Connecticut in the Huskies season opener.
The Huskies rallied from a three-point halftime deficit in the Preseason NIT game.
No. 11 TEXAS 89, BROWN 51
AUSTIN, Texas - P.J. Tucker had 18 points and 13 rebounds in his Texas debut, leading the Longhorns to a season-opening victory.
MINNESOTA 78, MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 67
MINNEAPOLIS - Kris Humphries scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Minnesota overcame a slow start in the opening round of the preseason NIT.
Humphries is the Gophers prized recruit. He came to Minnesota after originally choosing Duke.
Moe Hargrow scored 18 points for the Gophers (1-0).
OWENS 87, TIFFIN JV 34
TIFFIN, Ohio - Katie McClure scored 15 points and Stacey Weiland added 12 as the Owens Community College women s basketball team rolled over the Tiffin University junior varsity.
Owens plays tomorrow at Schoolcraft CC in Livonia, Mich.