SEARCY (Harding) – Christian Brothers made nine more free throws than Harding and never trailed in the game, defeating the Bisons 69-62 on Tuesday in non-conference men's basketball action at Canale Arena.
It was the opening game of the 2011-12 season for Harding, which lost its season-opener for the first time since 2008. Christian Brothers improved to 2-0 and snapped a three-game losing streak to Harding. The teams were playing as members of different conferences for the first time since 1999, as Harding has moved from the Gulf South Conference to the Great American Conference.
Christian Brothers' Harry Green scored the first basket of the game, and the Bucs led by as many as 11 points in the first half before taking a 30-23 lead into halftime.
Harding shot just 35 percent in the first half, but improved to 56 percent in the second half. The Bisons were 24-of-53 (45 percent) for the game. Harding shot just 5-of-11 from the free throw line.
Christian Brothers made 14-of-17 (82 percent) at the free throw line and shot 43 percent from the field. Zack Warner led the Bucs with 23 points, and Green added 16. Scott Dennis had 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Christian Brothers outrebounded Harding 38-26.