MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 30, 2013

Area college basketball roundup

By Ronn Rowland
Phoenix wire reports

OSU (M) 92, RMU 66 – Phil Forte scored 20 points and No. 6 Oklahoma State looked sharp after a nine-day break, beating Robert Morris on Monday night.

Markel Brown added 18 points for Oklahoma State (12-1) in the Cowboys’ final tuneup before opening Big 12 Conference play on Saturday  at Kansas State. Oklahoma State will enter 2014 with its highest ranking in The Associated Press poll since February 2005, when the Cowboys were also No. 6.

LA TECH 102, OU (M) 98 OT – Alex Hamilton scored 10 of his game-high 31 points in overtime as Louisiana Tech snapped Oklahoma’s seven-game winning streak with a win at Lloyd Noble Center on Monday night.

Louisiana Tech seemingly had the game sealed in regulation after Jordan Woodard’s missed 3-pointer with less than four seconds remaining. But Cameron Clark scooped up the rebound, sprinted behind the 3-point line in the corner, turned and fired in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

Clark led Oklahoma (11-2) with 26 points. Ryan Spangler added 20 points and 13 rebounds.

BAYLOR 81, ORU (M) 55 – Taurean Prince scored 10 of his 16 points in the go-ahead run for No. 9 Baylor as the Bears overcame a slow start to beat Oral Roberts on Monday night.

Shawn Glover had 22 points to lead Oral Roberts (6-7), which has lost four of five games. Denell Henderson had 16 points.

TULSA (W) 76, UNCG 71 – Ashley Clark and Mariah Turner both posted double-digit points to lead Tulsa to a win over North Carolina-Greensboro on Monday afternoon in the Fordham Holiday Classic at Rose Hill Gym in Bronx, N.Y. TU moved to 5-5 on the season, while the Spartans fell to 4-9 overall.

Clark had a team-leading 15 points, followed by Turner with 14 and Loren McDaniel with 8 points. Stevi Parker pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.