MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 16, 2014

College roundup


Phoenix staff, wire reports

Men’s basketball

TULSA 76, OLD DOMINION 37 – Tulsa kept pace in Conference USA with a victory over the Old Dominion Monarchs on Saturday. Tulsa improved to 8-3 in Conference USA action and moved to over .500 for the first time this year with an overall 13-12 record, while ODU fell to 12-14 overall and 6-5 in league play.

Tulsa had a balanced scoring attack as James Woodard led all scorers with 14 points, followed by 12 from Tim Peete, Rashad Smith with 11 and Brandon Swannegan with 10 points, all coming in the first half.

ARKANSAS 81, LSU 70 – Playing in front of nearly 30 members from the program’s six Final Four teams and the former President of the United States Bill Clinton, the Arkansas men’s basketball team used a 12-2 run late in the second half and a 10-for-17 performance from three-point land to defeat LSU on Saturday.

TEXAS A&M-CC 74, ORAL ROBERTS 72 – Oral Roberts had opportunities at the end of regulation and overtime, but couldn’t hit shots when it mattered most and the Golden Eagles fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday.

ORU (13-13, 7-6) got 23 points from Shawn Glover, 21 from Korey Billbury and a career high 17 points, along with nine rebounds and career best four blocks from Brandon Conley. ORU shot 47 percent from the field, compared to 53 percent from Corpus Christi, but the Golden Eagles held advantages in rebounds (31-27), second chance points (18-4) and points in the paint (32-28).



Women’s basketball

SOUTHERN MISS 91, TULSA 73 – Ashley Clark scored a career-high 21 points and three players scored in double figures for Tulsa, but it wasn't enough as Southern Miss claimed a 91-73 win on Saturday afternoon at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss. TU fell to 10-12 on the season and 4-7 in Conference USA, while USM moved to 19-5 overall and 8-3 in the league.

Kelsee Grovey added 17 points for the Golden Hurricane and Mariah Turner posted 13, while Kadan Brady tallied seven points and had a team-best six assists for TU.

TEXAS A&M-CC 61, ORAL ROBERTS 53 – Oral Roberts University’s problems away from home continued on Saturday as they fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The bright spot for ORU was junior Atoe' Jackson, who set career highs with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Key added 15 points while Bernadett Balla also set a personal best with 13 boards.



Baseball

CONNORS GRABS TWO AT USA INVITE – Connors State remained unbeaten Saturday, dropping Lincoln Trail College 2-0 and Mineral Area College 6-3 in the USA Baseball Invitational.

The Cowboys, ranked No. 2 at 4-0 on the year, will play North Iowa at 10 a.m. today followed by Iowa Lakes.

In the opener, Victor Vasquez started for the Cowboys, going five innings allowed just one hit, striking out five, giving way to Yamil Riivera, who threw three innings of relief, not allow a hit, striking out four to get the win.

In the second contest, Yariel Gonzalez led the Cowboys’ hitting attack with three hits and two RBIs, with Erik Kirkpatrick pounding out two base hits and three RBIs while Hilldale grad Hunter Harrison had two base hits.

OU 8, SETON HALL 2 – The Sooners took advantage of a stiff wind out to center field as they put up five runs in the seventh inning to give first-year head coach Pete Hughes his first win with the Oklahoma baseball team over Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon.

OSU 3, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 1 – A trio of Oklahoma State pitchers, led by freshman Thomas Hatch, propelled the 18th-ranked Cowboys to a 3-1 win over Stephen F. Austin Saturday in the UTA/Hilton Invitational at Clay Gould Ballpark.

ARKANSAS 7, APPALACHIAN ST. 6 – Arkansas defeated Appalachian State in game two of its three-game series with Chris Oliver picking up the victory while Michael Gunn earned the save.

SE MISSOURI 7, ORAL ROBERTS 5 – A five-run fourth inning wasn’t enough for the Oral Roberts University baseball team on Saturday as Southeast Missouri State came from behind to top the Golden Eagles.



Softball

CAMERON 13, NSU 9; MIDWESTERN ST. 8, NSU 5 – The Northeastern State softball team dropped two on the second day of the Holiday Inn at the Falls Invitational Saturday evening at Mustangs Park.

Muskogee grad Madison Reed and Sequoyah ex Saharra Henson scored a run in each game.

OU 7, SIUE 2 – The Sooners used 13 walks and eight stolen bases to defeat SIU-Edwardsville Saturday afternoon at the Littlewood Classic. Oklahoma (5-3) scored in each of the first four innings to take a 7-0 lead, while SIUE’s runs didn’t come until two outs in the top of the seventh

ARKANSAS 10, ST. JOHN’S 0 – For the third time this season, the University of Arkansas softball team hit a walk-off home run to clinch a 10-0 win Saturday evening over St. John's at Bogle Park. Claire Clark hit the game winner that also secured the Razorbacks' fourth win in a row. In the circle, Kimmy Beasley struck out six Red Storm hitters in five innings of work. Arkansas closes out the home weekend Sunday at noon (CT) with a game against UMKC.

TULSA 4, OREGON ST. 0; TULSA 3, MCNEESE ST. 2 – Aimee Creger struck out 15 in a two-hit shutout of Oregon State, and Tulsa closed the day with a victory over McNeese State at the Aggie Classic Saturday at the Aggie Softball Complex. Creger (3-0) allowed singles in the first and third innings, and retired the final 13 batters she faced. The Golden Hurricane (9-1) tallied 10 hits in the morning game against Oregon State, scoring a run in the fifth inning and three insurance runs in the seventh.

OSU 9, WICHITA STATE 2; OSU 8, RUTGERS 1 – The Oklahoma State softball team won both games during the second day of the UTSA Classic on Saturday at Roadrunner Stadium beating Wichita State 9-2 and Rutgers 8-1.