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January 27, 2013

College basketball roundup


Phoenix wire reports

Men

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.



Women

OSU 65, KANSAS 52 – Toni Young had 15 points and 15 rebounds and Lindsey Keller added 14 points to lead Oklahoma State to a 65-52 victory against Kansas on Saturday night.

Tiffany Bias and Kendra Suttles had 12 points each for the Cowgirls (15-3, 4-3 Big 12), who have won 24 straight games in which they had four players score in double figures, including 13 this season.

Chelsea Gardner had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (12-6, 3-4).

Carolyn Davis and Natalie Knight had 12 points apiece for Kansas while Sequoyah ex Angel Goodrich added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.

BAYLOR 82, OU 65 – Brittney Griner set the NCAA career record for blocked shots while also scoring 15 points as top-ranked Baylor extended its home-court winning streak to 50 with the over No. 20 Oklahoma on Saturday.

With eight blocks in the game before fouling out with just over 5 minutes left, the 6-foot-8 Griner has 665 career blocks, two more than Louella Tomlinson had for St. Mary's in California from 2007-11.

Odyssey Sims had 12 points and 10 assists for Baylor (18-1, 8-0 Big 12), which has won 36 consecutive Big 12 games since a loss to Oklahoma in the conference tournament three years ago.

Aaryn Ellenberg scored 33 points for the Sooners (15-4, 5-2). Joanna McFarland had 12 points and 16 rebounds.

MCNEESE 72, TULSA 71 – McNeese State’s Arianna James hit a second-chance jumper at the buzzer to lift McNeese State over Oral Roberts University on Saturday night.

The loss drops ORU to 8-10 on the season, while McNeese improves to 10-9. Both clubs are 5-3 in Southland Conference play.

The Golden Eagles led by as many as 11 points in the first half and held a seven-point lead going into the halftime locker room. The loss is just the second this season for Misti Cussen’s club when leading at the break.

Jaci Bigham and Taylor Cooper combined to hit 10 three-pointers on the night, and both players scored 20 points each to pace the Golden Eagles. Sarah Shelton tallied a double-double for the second straight game, with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

SAGU 77, BACONE 68 – A slow start in the first half came back to haunt the Bacone Lady Warriors as they fell short to the Southwestern Assemblies of God Lady Lions.

For the game Bacone hit 32 percent (21 of 65) but knocked down 18 of 22 free throw attempts; SAGU connected on 45 percent (26 of 57) while going 22 of 30 at the charity stripe.

Casey Lovell led the Lady Warriors with 15 points, Myriah Hadnot finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds; Emily Lovell also chipped in 12.