Phoenix Staff Reports
MIAMI, Okla. — Connors State retained The A&M Rivalry Trophy for the second consecutive year as the Cowboys rolled over Northeastern A&M 87-72 in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference clash Thursday night on the NEO floor.
“This was a good win, any win on the road is good, but coming off the long Christmas break was even better,” said Cowboys coach Bill Muse, his team now 13-2 and 4-1 and the first out of the NJCAA Top 25 this week.
Willie Atwood posted his sixth double-double of the season with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Ronnie Boyce led all scorers with 31 points.
“I thought Ronnie (Boyce) and Willie (Atwood) did an excellent job shooting tonight, but we shut them down in the first half. They didn’t shoot the ball real well, while we did (58 percent.) One of our goals coming in here was to shut them down. It’s a hard place to win.”
The Norsemen hit 43 percent from the field (25-of-58) with Igor Ibka topping the list with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cowboys led 45-34 lead at intermission and by as many as 18 points in the second half, 75-57 with 5:36 remaining.
Connors plays at home Monday night against Seminole in an 8 p.m. tipoff.
NEO 86, Connors 67
Northeastern A&M (13-2, 4-0) took command in the final 10 minutes and kept “The A&M Rivalry” trophy while remaining unbeaten in OCAC play. The Cowgirls drop to 3-10 overall and 1-3 in league action.
NEO held a 25-point lead twice in the final half of action, the last 62-37 with 12:08 remaining, before the Cowgirls made a late run at the Lady Norse. Connors cut the NEO lead to 13 points, 77-63 with 2:06 left but could not come any closer.
Connors’ scoring was led by Destinee Thrash with 24 points followed by Lauren Godfrey’s 15 and Johnesha Major with 10.
The Lady Norse placed three players in double figure scoring led by DeVaughn Gary’s 20 points output with Caitlyn Spurgeon adding 19 and McKenzie Solberg coming off the bench to score 18.
Connors returns home Monday to play Seminole State at 6 p.m.