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January 5, 2013

Area college basketball roundup

Men

ORAL ROBERTS 76, NICHOLLS ST. 63 – Oral Roberts got a combined 55 points from Warren Niles (29) and Damen Bell-Holter (26) as the duo led the Golden Eagles past Nicholls State on Saturday at Stopher Gym.

With the victory, the Golden Eagles opened Southland Conference play 2-0 on the road. ORU moved to 7-7 (2-0, Southland) with the victory, while Nicholls State fell to 2-9 (1-1, Southland).

Bell-Holter tied a career high with four blocks as he continued to fill up the stat sheet with seven rebounds, and an assist to go along with his fourth-straight double-digit scoring performance. With the four blocks, Bell-Holter moved up into sole possession of sixth place on the career list at ORU with 108 blocks, passing Antonio Martin (106).     

The Golden Eagles will return home for the first time since Dec. 22 as they host Northwestern State on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

ARKANSAS 86, DELWARE ST. 51 – BJ Young scored 19 points and Arkansas cruised to a win over Delaware State on Saturday.

The Razorbacks recorded one of their most lopsided wins of the season by connecting on 58 percent of their field-goal attempts, including a season-high-tying 10 3-pointers. Freshman Antlon Bell hit four shots from beyond the arc and finished with 12 points.

Arkansas (9-4) complemented its hot shooting with a suffocating defense that resulted in 23 points off 16 Hornets turnovers. The Razorbacks held Delaware State (6-9) to 38 percent shooting, allowing only seven made field goals before halftime.

The Hornets started well, staking an early four-point lead before going cold. Delaware State went 7:01 without a field goal in the first half while Arkansas used a 23-2 run to seize control of the game.

Casey Walker led the Hornets with 13 points.

Women

CONNORS ST. 113, MID-SOUTH 76 – Connors State placed seven players in double figures as the Cowgirls rolled past Mid-South Community College at Melvin Self Field House Saturday to open the second half of the season.

The Cowgirls’ victory gives Connors State an 8-4 record entering Oklahoma College Athletic Conference play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the road against Northeastern A&M.

It was the Cowgirls fourth time this season to eclipse the century mark. Raven Massey, who led the Cowgirls scoring with 35 points, hit the century mark at the 5:34 mark, giving the Cowgirls a 100-59 advantage.

Following Massey in the scoring was Shakayah Love with 17 followed by Kami Bunch with 15, Sha’Georgia Williams with 13, Dakota Garrett with 12, with Tonisha Dean and Tiara Hall with 10 points each.

Connors forced the Greyhounds into 19 first-half turnovers in the opening 20 minutes of action. Mid-South finished with 32 turnovers in the contest.

NICHOLLS ST. 69, ORAL ROBERTS 66 – Nicholls State scored four points in the game’s final nine seconds, upending Oral Roberts University on Saturday at Stopher Gym. The loss drops ORU to 4-8 (1-1 Southland Conference).

Sarah Shelton paced the Golden Eagles with a career-best 21 points, while Jaci Bigham scored nine points and added 10 assists.

Taylor Cooper scored 16 in the loss, while Kevi Luper added 12. ORU shot 43.9 percent from the floor.

Nicholls St. (9-4, 1-1 SLC) was led by Alisha Allen, who scored 18 points. Jenny Nash added 14, with a dozen markers coming after halftime. The Colonels shot 53.8 percent in their win.

ORU returns home for the first time in 36 days when it host Northwestern State at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Mabee Center.

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