by Drury Athletics
Drury sophomore Conley Garrison scored a career-high 36 points while senior guard Allen Billinger added 23 as the Panthers defeated Central Christian (Kan.) 100-78 on Friday night at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
Drury improved to 6-4 and won for the sixth time in their last seven games. The Tigers dropped to 6-4.
The Panthers went on a 17-2 run midway through the first half coming from two points down to take a 30-19 lead with 9:55 left before intermission. Drury led 49-34 at halftime and was up by as much as 30 in the second half.
Garrison’s 36 points mark the first time a Drury player has hit that high a scoring total since Alex Hall’s 36-point game on Dec. 18, 2010, against St. Gregory’s. The recent Drury Sports Hall of Fame inductee hit that mark twice in his career. Garrison’s night included a 12 for 17 shooting performance, he went 7 for 11 from three-point range, and 5 for 5 at the foul line. The Bolivar product also had five assists and two steals.
Billinger also had a career-high with 23 points. He went 8 for 12 from the floor and 4 for 7 from behind the arc.
“I’m very proud of the team as we did a really nice job of moving the basketball and that’s evident in the 27 assists,” said Drury head coach Steve Hesser. “Conley and Allen happened to have some hot hands and give them credit for cutting and moving and to their teammates for finding them.”
The Panthers shot a season-high 62 percent from the field hitting 33 of their 53 attempts while connecting on 16 out of 30 tries from three-point range.
“I liked how we clicked and even when we subbed I thought we clicked,” added Hesser. “This was a good, solid win. (Central Christian) had some guys with some length and they had some guys that could make shots. We needed a good offensive game to offset that.”
Jubril Osagie led the Tigers with 24 points and eight rebounds. Central Christian shot 52 percent from the field on 29 of 55 shooting.
The Panthers are idle until Dec. 16 when they return to action in the Cruzin’ Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Drury opens the two-game event against 16th ranked Barry University for a 12:30 p.m. (Central) tipoff at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Civic Center.