, Muskogee, OK

January 17, 2014

Basketball roundup

Phoenix staff reports

College men

ORAL ROBERTS 82, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 59 — ORU scored the final six points of the first half to force a 39-all tie, then outscored ACU 20-4 to start the second half, opening a 59-43 lead and went on from there to a rout of the Wildcats.

ORU (9-8, 3-1 SLC) was led by Shawn Glover with 25 points, while Korey Billbury added 13 points. ACU (6-11, 0-3 SLC) shot just 19 percent (4-of-21) from the floor in the second half. The Golden Eagles  outrebounded the Wildcats 34-23 and used it to a 19-4 advantage in second-chance points.

CHARLOTTE 90, TULSA 86 (OT) — Charlotte’s Pierria Henry led a balanced offense with 18 points, including a basket with 9 seconds left in regulation that tied the game at 76. Tulsa’s last-second 3-point attempt was off the mark.

In overtime, Denzel Ingram hit two 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help Charlotte (11-5, 2-1 Conference USA) edge Tulsa (7-10, 2-1). Ingram’s second 3-pointer put the 49ers up 84-78 with 3:07 left.

Tulsa cut the lead to 88-86 with 2 seconds left on a dunk from Shaquille Harrison, but Ben Cherry made two free throws with a second remaining as Charlotte held on.

Henry posted nine rebounds and eight assists. Tulsa had two scorers post career-highs, with Harrison scoring 26 and Rashad Ray 19. James Woodard added 13.

College women

ABILENE CHRISTIAN 70, ORU 56 — The Golden Eagles led 35-31 at the break but committed 11 turnovers and shot just 36 percent in the second half.

Christian Key scored 22 points to lead ORU (3-11, 2-2) and Muskogee grad Alexus Wilson was next with 9 points. Alexis Mason led the Wildcats (12-6, 3-0 SLC) with 18 points.

GEORGIA 60, ARKANSAS 58 — Jessica Jackson scored a career-high 24 points and inspired a second-half rally, cutting a 16-point lead to 5. But missed opportunities late and free-throw line woes helped the Razorbacks (14-4, 1-4 SEC) come up short against Georgia (13-5, 1-4 SEC).

Prep boys

BRAGGS 68, PORUM 67 — Payton York’s two free throws with 5.3 seconds to play provided the difference and capped a rally from a 62-55 deficit with 1:40 to play. York had a game-high 29 points and 11 came in the fourth quarter. He was 6-of-10 from 3-point range and had four steals and three assists. Blaine Dunlap had 13 points, Brody Igert 11 and Rowdy Ensminger had seven of his 10 points in the fourth. Braggs is 10-4. Porum was led by Austin Wright with 21 points.


Prep girls

GANS 52, MIDWAY 47 — The Lady Chargers (8-5) could not make up a 16-7 first-quarter deficit, getting no closer than two down the stretch. Morgan Hays had 16 points and Brittanie Barnard 10 in the loss.

PORUM 57, BRAGGS 27 — Mesa Adams  had 14 points in a balanced scoring punchy for Porum (10-3). Kori Lindsey, Laramie Girty had nine. Braggs fell to 4-9 behind Jaycie Ray’s 11.