Phoenix Staff Reports
NSU 83, NORTHWESTERN 77 — Northeastern State remained perfect on the season (5-0) with its victory at Percefull Fieldhouse on Saturday to match their win total from 2011-12 and equaled the best start to a season since 2005-06.
Senior forward Jermaine Bransford led the RiverHawks with the most productive game of his time at NSU. He poured in a career-high 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting in a career-high 37 minutes to pace the road team. He also hauled in nine rebounds, dished out four assists and finished 11 of 12 from the free-throw line.
Junior guard Bryton Hobbs added 23 points and seven assists. He was 7-for-9 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. This marked the first time since NSU won the national championship in 2002-03 that a RiverHawk tandem went for 30 and 20 in the same game. Senior guard Ethan Anderson added 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
PARIS 70, CONNORS 65 — Playing at the Joe Huey Thanksgiving Classic at Richland College in Dallas, Connors State’s eight-game winning streak came to an end.
The 13th-ranked Cowboys are now 8-1 and will return to Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the road at Poteau against Carl Albert State College.
Josh Cameron and Hakeem Harris led the Cowboys scoring with 14 points each with Willie Atwood adding 11 points.
The Dragons’ scoring was led by Eddie Leal’s 17 points followed by Chris Jones 12 and Antonio Arnold’s 10.
Connors tied the game midway the final 20 minutes but was never able to grab a lead.
CAMERON 75, BACONE 60 — At the Texas A&M-Kingsville Classic, the Warriors dropped to 2-6 for the season with the loss to Cameron (3-1). The Warriors trailed 36-34 at halftime but were outscored 39-26 in the second 20 minutes.
Charles Gordon led three Warriors in double figures with 14 points. Irving Levine scored 11 and Christian Smith added 10.
Craig Foster topped Cameron with 25 points in making nine of 14 shots from the field including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Kimric Dixon had 14 and Tim Johnson added 10 points.
SFA 57, TULSA 41 — Tulsa fell to 4-2 for the season after losing to the Lumberjacks at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
TU freshman James Woodard totaled 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hurricane, which shot 31 percent from the field. SFA, which shot 47 percent from the floor, was led by Taylor Smith, who scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Stephen F. Austin jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Tulsa cut the deficit to three points, at 13-10, by the 9:49 mark. The Lumberjacks, however, hit a three-pointer to go back up by six, and led by 10 points at halftime, 28-18.
TARLETON STATE 59, NSU 57 — It took until Jan. 28 of last season for the Northeastern State to lose its second game of the season. This year, it only took five games.
The RiverHawks were ice cold while shooting the ball and dropped a 59-57 contest in front of 346 people at Wisdom Gym at Tarleton State. The RiverHawks, who had won three in a row, fell to 3-2.
NSU went 19 games before picking up its second loss during the 2011-2012 campaign.
Tarleton State’s Peyton Adamson saw to it that NSU began a brief two-game road swing with a loss, thanks to her game-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field.
NSU was led by Tosha Tyler who finished with 15 points. Taylor Lewis added 11 points for the RiverHawks and Katy Harsen chipped in with 10, but the duo went a combined 5-of-18 from the field.
NSU never led in the game and trailed 36-24 at halftime. The RiverHawks managed to tie the game at 40 in the second half, but Tarleton State reclaimed the lead on one of Adamson’s 3-pointers.
OKLAHOMA 100, OREGON 61 — Aaryn Ellenberg scored 27 points and No. 13 Oklahoma raced to the win in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
Nicole Kornet had 15 points and Morgan Hook scored 12 for the Sooners (4-1). Maddie Manning added 11 points and Portia Durrett had 10 points for Oklahoma, which opened up a 55-35 lead. Ellenberg made 7-of-12 shots from 3-point range and was 10 of 18 overall. The Sooners made 17 3-pointers in 38 tries.
Amanda Delgado scored 16 points to lead the Ducks (0-4) in the first meeting between the teams. Jillian Alleyne grabbed 23 rebounds for Oregon.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 75, TULSA 74 — At the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas, Tulsa dropped a tightly-contested to fall to 0-5 on the season, while LMU moved to 4-3 overall.
Taleya Mayberry recorded a team-leading 21 points, five assists and two steals in 28 minutes of action after playing just eight minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Tiffani Couisnard posted her eighth double-double with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. She also registered three assists, two steals and two blocks in the contest. Ashley Clark had 10 points and six rebounds.
The Lions were led by Alex Cowling with 19 points, while Hazel Ramirez and Melinda Gomez each had 10. Mackenzie Kerins posted 10 rebounds.