, Muskogee, OK

February 11, 2014

Rough night for Connors: Cowboys, Cowgirls fall to NEO at home

Phoenix wire report

— WARNER – It was not a good homecoming for the Connors State Cowboys and Cowgirls as Northeastern A&M swept both clubs Monday night at Melvin Self Field House.

The Cowboys fell to the Norsemen 89-79 while the No. 11 ranked Lady Norse captured an 89-61 victory. NEO now holds both the traveling trophies as the Cowboys, who were sitting atop the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference standings entering the game, are now deadlocked pending the outcome of other Monday night games.

The Cowboys are now 18-4 for  the year and 9-3 in OCAC play entering a Thursday night clash with Eastern Oklahoma State at Melvin Self Field House. The Cowgirls are now 5-16 and 2-10. The Norsemen improve to 15-9 and 7-6, while the Lady Norse are now 23-2 and 13-0.

The Cowboys had four players score in double figures led by Corlbe Ervin’s 22 points followed by Ronnie Boyce with 18, Willie Atwood with 15 and Devonte Robinson with 12.

The game was tied nine times, before the Norsemen battled back from a four-point deficit 73-69 to tie the game at 73-73 on a pair of free throws by Derrick Frye with 3:20 remaining. Frey was deadly at the stripe as he drained 8 of 12, seven in the second half of play.

NEO converted 34 of 44 attempts at the stripe while Connors hit on 29 of 38, with Atwood draining 11 of 14.

NEO took the lead for good with 3:01 left when Liter Moukimour  made the first of two free throws for a 74-73 lead.

It was then that the game turned into a battle of free throws with Norsemen making  9 of 10 attempts sandwiched around a 3-point basket by Ja’mill Powell and a bucket by Igor Ibaka.

Connors  managed only six points in the final three minutes of play.

In the girls game it was all NEO as the Lady Norse took the lead on the opening play of the game and cruised to the victory.

NEO held a 49-25 lead at the half as the Cowgirls came no closer than 20 points in the second half.

Destinee Thrash led the Cowgirls scoring with 23 points while Taylor Benson and DeVaughn Grey led the Lady Norse with 12 points each.