KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Central Baptist College’s men turned up the defense Thursday night in defeating Florida Christian, eighth-ranked in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association, 73-55, in the Florida Christian College Classic.

After a 6-0 run by the Suns to open the game, Tommy Williams and Michael Holder combined for an alley-oop dunk to get the Mustangs started. The Mustangs led 27-24 at the half despite shooting only 28 percent from the field and hitting nine of 15 free throws.

A pair of 3-point baskets by Williams ignited the Mustangs on a 6-0 run to begin the second half.

After the Suns tied the game at 36 with 17:30 remaining, CBC, which forced 33 turnovers while only committing 15, used pressure defense to take command of the game.

"I was very pleased with our defensive effort tonight," said coach Josh Austin. "We told our guys not to think too much about our poor shooting performance in the first half. I knew that we were just missing, but they were missing due to our defense. The shots were going to fall; we just needed to keep it up on the defensive end."

Will Johnson led the Mustangs with 15 points and six rebounds. Daner Lottner and Williams added 12. Gavin McDaniel and Matt Velek had 11.

The Mustangs will play again in the Classic Saturday afternoon.