CBC makes history in win over Missouri Baptist

CONWAY — Looking to remain undefeated through the first half of American Midwest Conference play, Central Baptist College men’s basketball hosted the Spartans of Missouri Baptist on Youth Group Day inside A.R. Reddin Fieldhouse. CBC (17-4, 7-0 AMC) never trailed by more than four, and held the lead for over 32 minutes in a 76-66 win over MBU (14-7, 5-2 AMC).

Photo by Ahna Merrell

The win marks the first time CBC has started 7-0 in AMC play since the Mustangs joined the conference in 2015. Deshawn CorprewKyle Harding and Jonas Carlisle led the way scoring as CBC attempted eight more free throws and converted 11 MBU turnovers into 18 points.


MBU scored the first two baskets of the game and led 4-0 less than two minutes in. A three from Carlisle put CBC on the board, but a quick response from MBU made it 6-3 3:08 into the game. MBU kept CBC’s deficit at three until the 14:38 mark in the first half when Carlisle converted an old fashioned three-point play to tie the score at 10. A jumper from Sage Borbon gave CBC a 12-10 lead and MBU tied it on the ensuing possession. With 11:44 left in the first half, Carlise converted at the free throw line, where he was 5-5 on the day, and gave the lead back, and CBC held onto it from there, racing out quickly to a 20-14 lead before MBU took it back down to one. A layup by Harding with 7:20 left in the first half made it 22-19 Mustangs and that sparked a 16-7 run to end the half as CBC took a 38-26 lead into the locker room. The Mustangs kept the potent Spartans down the entire second half, never letting the lead drop below seven to make history and secure the first 7-0 start to AMC play in program history!


  • CBC is 13-10 now against MBU and have won the last three meetings
  • Corprew led the way with 16 points and added a team-high 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season
  • Harding poured in 15 off the bench
  • Carlisle had 14 points
  • CBC capitalized at the free throw line, going 12-18 while MBU was just 5-10
  • The Mustangs turned the ball over just seven times while converting 11 MBU turnovers into 18 points
  • The Mustangs now have 110 blocked shots on the season, just 13 away from the single-season record with 7 left to play


The second half of AMC play begins Thursday night at Reddin Fieldhouse when CBC hosts the Cougars of Columbia College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.