Phoenix wire reports
MIAMI, Okla.—Northeastern A&M shocked 16th-ranked Connors State Tuesday night on its own floor 96-85 in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference game.
The loss drops the Cowboys to 12-2 on the year and 3-1 in league action while the Golden Norse goes to 9-7 and 2-2.
Cowboys played much of the game without 6-8 post man Denell Henderson who was plagued with foul trouble much of the game. Henderson, along with Josh Cameron and Willie Atwood fouled out of the contest.
NEO took advantage at the foul line draining 27 of 41 at the line. Connors was 17 of 28 at the stripe.
The Cowboys held a 62-60 lead with 11:29 remaining in the game when the Norse scored 11 unanswered points to take the lead for good. Connors never recovered coming no closer than six points the rest of the game.
Hakeem Harris led the Cowboys with 29 points, who was 6 of 12 from behind the arc. Harris was followed by followed by Cameron’s 19 and Atwood’s 14. Jamarcus Weatherspoon added 10 in the loss.
Jeff Newberry paced the Norse with 28 points. Jake Roach, son of former Muskogee High boys basketball coach Tony Roach, had 12 points.
NEO 70, Connors 66
Down 10 at the half, Connors (8-5, 1-3 OCAC) took its only lead of the game 66-65 when Tonisha Dean, who led the Cowgirls with 18 points, connected from the right corner with a minute left in the game. However the Lady Norse scored four more points down the stretch to get the victory.
Kami Bunch followed Dean in the scoring for the Cowgirls with 16 points.
NEO took an 8-0 lead to open the game and stretched its margin to 13 points, 29-16 with 3:00 left in the first half, before the Cowgirls scored six unanswered points cutting the Lady Norse lead to 7 points, 29-22 with 50 seconds remaining in the half.
Bunch, who led the first half scoring for Connors with 9 points, scored to make it 31-24, but NEO’s Sofia Mendoza drained a 3-point shot as the buzzer sounded for the 10-point halftime lead.
Mendoza led NEO (10-4, 3-1) with 23 points with DeVaughn Gray adding 14 and ShaQuita Arnick 11.
Both Connors teams return to OCAC play on Thursday night, traveling to Seminole State College. Tip-off is 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. men.