WARNER — Using a tenacious defense and outstanding shooting No. 24 Connors State cruised past visiting Carl Albert State College 92-58 at Melvin Self Field House on Thursday night.
Connors (17-2) finishes the first half of the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference with an 8-1 record. The loss left Carl Albert at 2-15 and 1-8.
Connors will go on the road Monday to Altus to battle Western State. The Cowboys defeated the Pioneers 84-81 last November on Connors home floor.
“I thought we played pretty good defense, but in their defense they were down a few players (seven),” said Cowboys head coach Bill Muse.
“I thought our effort was much better tonight, we started the game better and moved the ball better. We played much better defense and held them under 60 points.”
The Cowboys had five players score in double figures with Ronnie Boyce leading the attack with 17 points. All-American candidate Willie Atwood finished with 16 followed by Devante Robinson’s 14, Terrance Carroll with 14 and Colbe Ervin 11.
Connors led by 14 points at the half and stretched its lead to the final margin of 34 points as the game ended.
Katrell Henry led the Vikings scoring with 25 points and Jordan Eagle Road had 17, with Mairega Clark scoring 10.
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WARNER ---Carl Albert took command midway the first half and cruised to a 62-37 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over the Connors State Cowgirls Thursday night at Melvin Self Field House.
It was the 10th consecutive loss for Connors, now 3-14 for the year and1-8 in league play. Carl Albert is now 9-9, 3-5.
The Lady Vikings held a 30-point lead three times in the final 20 minutes of play.
Lauren Godfrey was the only Cowgirl to score in double figures with15 points. Eufaula grad Alyssa Banks led Carl Albert with 13 points.
The Lady Vikings went on a 17-0 run midway the opening half to take 20-6 lead with 9:19 left.
Connors scored 10 unanswered points to slice Carl Albert’s lead to eight points 25-17 with 4:22 remaining. However, the Lady Vikings answered with a 7-1 run for a 34-17 lead at the intermission.
Connors was 3-of-15 at the free throw line in the first half while Carl Albert was 5-of-8.