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January 27, 2013

College basketball roundup

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SOUTHERN MISS 62, TULSA 59 –  Tulsa jumped out to a six-point lead after halftime, but Southern Miss rallied to defeat the Golden Hurricane in front of 5,230 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Saturday.

The Hurricane fell to 12-9 on the season and 4-3 in C-USA play, while the Golden Eagles improved to 17-4 and 6-0.

Four players scored in double-figures for Tulsa, led by junior Pat Swilling Jr., who paced the squad with 14 points and shot 4-of-9 from three-point land. Freshman James Woodard added 13 points and led TU in rebounds with 7, while Kauri Black chipped in 12 points. Senior Scottie Haralson recorded 11 points.

SOUTH CAROLINA 75, ARKANSAS 54 – Junior Marshawn Powell led the University of Arkansas basketball team with a game-high 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the Razorbacks’ loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Powell was the Razorbacks’ leader on both sides of the ball as his 22 points and 13 boards were both game-highs. Powell also recorded a game-high three blocks and one steal to assist Arkansas’ defensive effort. Junior Rickey Scott finished the game with nine points off 3-of-9 shooting.

Arkansas forced 18 Gamecock turnovers, while committing just nine of their own and was also able to capitalize on the 18 forced turnovers with 26 points. Arkansas was also credited with 10 steals.

ORAL ROBERTS 75, MCNEESE 54 – The most lopsided victory against a Division I team this season, Oral Roberts out-scored McNeese State 22-7 over the final 9:10 of the game, taking a 75-54 victory on Saturday night at the Mabee Center.

Coupled with a Stephen F. Austin loss to Northwestern State, ORU (12-8, 7-1 Southland) moves into a tie for first place in the league, while McNeese fell to 8-10 (2-6 Southland) with the loss.

The only bigger margin of victory for ORU this season was a 49-point victory over St. Gregory's. The Golden Eagles dominated the paint, out-rebounding the Cowboys 41-28 and holding a 44-22 advantage in points in the paint.

Shawn Glover tied his career best with 24 points, hitting that mark for the second game in a row, while Damen Bell-Holter added 22. The duo each tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds apiece. Korey Billbury also turned in a solid performance with eight assists, giving him 18 assists with just three turnovers over the past two games.

SAGU 72, BACONE 62 – Trailing by as much as 16 in the second half, the Bacone Warriors cut the deficit to five points at 65-60 with 2:40 remaining before falling to Southwestern Assemblies of God on Saturday.

Collectively the Warriors knocked down 35 percent (23 of 64) while hitting eight of 18 three-pointers and converting eight of 15 free throws; SAGU hit 38 percent (30 of 77) on the night.

Derrick Thomas led Bacone with 16 points, Creed Flowers chipped in 12 and Charles Gordon finished with 10.

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