MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 19, 2014

Area college basketball roundup


Phoenix staff, wire reports

Men

TULSA 69, MARSHALL 52 –  James Woodard scored 17 points and Rashad Ray tallied 13 points to fuel a second-half run and lead Tulsa to a Conference USA victory at Marshall on Saturday.

Brandon Swannegan added a career-high 10 points for the Golden Hurricane (8-10, 3-1 C-USA), which picked up its first road win of the season.

After scoring 20 points in the first half and shooting just 25 percent from the field, Tulsa shot 62 percent from the field, making 5-of-7 3-pointers and 12-of-14 free throws in the second half.

GEORGIA 66, ARKANSAS 61 – Kenny Gaines scored 15 points, Marcus Thornton had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Georgia overcame poor shooting to beat Arkansas 66-61 in overtime on Saturday.

Gaines opened the overtime period with a 3-pointer and Charles Mann scored the next four points for the Bulldogs (9-7, 3-1 Southeastern Conference). Mann scored six of his nine points in the extra period.

It was the third straight overtime game for Arkansas (12-5, 1-3 SEC). The Razorbacks previously lost to No. 7 Florida but beat No. 13 Kentucky in overtime.

Coty Clarke had 13 points for Arkansas, which led by seven points at 41-34 in the second half. Rashad Madden and Fred Gulley each had 12 points. Clarke and Gulley fouled out.

ORAL ROBERTS 79, INCARNATE WORD 77 — Shawn Glover’s jump shot with 1.2 seconds to play p roved the difference for ORU in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday. Glover finished with 24 points as the Golden Eagles (10-8, 4-1) led by as many as 12 in the early going before falling behind for the first time at 46-44 in the second half.

Muskogee grad Adrion Webber had six points for ORU, including 4-of-4 from the line.



Women

INCARNATE WORD 67, ORAL ROBERTS 64 – Oral Roberts let a halftime lead slip on Saturday and fell to Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

ORU is now 3-12 (2-3 Southland Conference). Christian Key led the Golden Eagles with 20 points while Muskogee grad Alexus Wilson scored 14. The Golden Eagles led by 14 points in the 1st half and had a 40-35 lead at halftime, but they scored just 24 points in the 2nd half.

WEST VIRGINIA 77, OU 63 – Oklahoma (11-7, 2-3 Big 12) fought back from a 17-point deficit, but ran out of gas as West Virginia (16-2, 5-1) held off the Sooners during a loss Saturday at WVU Coliseum.

Bria Holmes' 3-pointer eight minutes into the game gave West Virginia at 25-8 lead as the Mountaineers started the game 7-for-9 from the field.

Aaryn Ellenberg scored 17 of her 28 points in the first half as the Sooners closed within 5 and trailed 39-31 at halftime.

OU tied the game 53-53 with 11 minutes to play, but made just three of its next 20 field goal attempts while West Virginia added on with a 10-0 run.

OSU 82, TEXAS TECH 56 –  Brittney Martin scored 15 points to lead No. 11 Oklahoma State in a rout of Texas Tech on Saturday.

Liz Donohoe added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Cowgirls (16-1, 5-1 Big 12), while Brittany Atkins scored 14, LaShawn Jones had 13 and Kendra Suttles chipped in with 10. Oklahoma State shot 50 percent as a team.

Texas Tech (6-11, 0-6) was led by Amber Battle with 11 points. The Lady Raiders were just 1 of 9 on 3-pointers.

TULSA (W) 78, FIU 73 – Tulsa’s sophomore guard tandem of Ashley Clark and Kelsee Grovey combined for 39 points as Tulsa held off the FIU Panthers to grab a victory on Saturday.

Clark had 20 points and Grovey added 19 points as Tulsa moved to 8-7 on the season and 2-2 in Conference USA action, while FIU fell to 8-9 overall and 2-2 in league play. Tulsa’s Liesl Spoerl added 12 points and Stevi Parker ended up with nine points, all coming in the first half.

Despite the victory, Tulsa couldn’t stop the nation’s second-leading scorer Jerica Coley as the FIU senior scored 43 points, breaking the Reynolds Center. Tulsa’s Jillian Robbins had 38 against Nevada on Feb. 19, 2005. The most-ever points at the Reynolds Center was 39 points by Tulsa’s Anthony Price in a Jan. 1, 2005 game against SMU.