NSU 5, HARDING 0; NSU 3, HARDING 2 — The RiverHawks (2-0) used a big inning to overpower the Bisons (2-2) in the first game, and they followed that up with three manufactured runs in the second contest to register a second victory.
David Weber and Muskogee High ex Mitch Stevenson, along with Preston Cash, all had hits in both games. Seth Hudson pitched the final inning in both contests and picked up a save in the second game. In the opener, Kyle Shambaugh earned the victory on the mound after throwing 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two, did not issue any walks or runs and only allowed three hits.
CONNORS 3, BACONE JV 0; CONNORS 9, BACONE JV 0 —Connors State opened with a pair of wins. In the opener, Connor Garcia won the opener with four innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out seven. In game two, Hilldale grad and Texas Tech transfer Jarrard Poteete was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Eric Kirkpatrick hit a two-run home run. Yamil Rivera struck out all five batters he faced amid a host of Cowboy hurlers for the win. Connors goes to Millington, Tenn., for tournament play on Saturday.
BACONE 92, SOUTHWEST 74 – The Warriors led 38-34 at halftime before pulling away in the second half to take a victory over the Mustangs and moved to 10-14 and 7-6 in the RRAC.
Geo Brewer paced the Warriors attack with 30 points, Tahlequah grad Matt Qualls added 21 points and 14 rebounds and Christian Smith pumped in 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
MISSOURI 86, ARKANSAS 85 — Jabari Brown drove the lane for the go-ahead basket with 12.2 seconds left for the last of his 25 points and Missouri survived a late surge by Arkansas on Thursday night at Columbia, Mo.
Jordan Clarkson had 27 points to lead Missouri (17-7, 5-6 SEC), which ended the first three-game losing streak of coach Frank Haith’s three seasons. The last two wins have come against the Razorbacks (15-9, 4-7) and former Missouri coach Mike Anderson, including a four-point win on the road Jan. 28.
Rashad Madden had 17 points for Arkansas, which scored 10 straight points to take an 85-83 lead with the go-ahead points on Mardracus Wade’s layup with 1:14 to go after Clarkson’s blown layup on the other end.
ORAL ROBERTS 80, HOUSTON BAPTIST 66 — Shawn Glover scored 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting — topping the 1,000-point plateau at Oral Roberts — as the Golden Eagles won in Houston.
After falling behind 9-4 in the first 3 minutes of the game, Oral Roberts (13-12, 7-5 Southland Conference) used a 27-6 run to blow the game open. The Golden Eagles led by double-digits the rest of the way and by as many as 22 in the second half.
ORU tied a season high by making 33 field goals while shooting 55 percent from the floor and hitting 8 of 17 from 3-point range. Its 17 assists also tied a season high.Korey Billbury added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Rob Lewis was the only player for Houston Baptist (4-21, 1-12) to score in double figures, finishing with 19 points, as the Huskies shot just 35.7 percent (20 of 56) from the field.
TULSA 76, EAST CAROLINA 58 — At Tulsa, James Woodard scored a game-high 21 points, 17 in the second half as the Hurricane pulled away from a 33-29 lead at the break.
The Hurricane (12-12, 7-3 C-USA) got extra help from a trio of underclassmen. Freshman Stevie Repichowski added a career-high 13 points and sophomores Shaquille Harrison had 11 and Brandon Swannegan 10 points.
Tulsa had a huge advantage in the paint, outscoring East Carolina (13-12, 2-8) 36-16, scored 21 points off of turnovers to the Pirates’ eight points, had a 19-3 advantage in second-chance points and the Hurricane bench outscored ECU’s reserves 29-5.
WEST VIRGINIA 76, OU 75 – The Sooners blew a 14-point second-half lead in falling to the Mountaineers on Thursday.
Morgan Hook and Sharane Campbell both missed a pair of free throws for Oklahoma (15-10, 6-6 Big 12) down the stretch and T’Ona Edwards banged one off the back of the rim with 0.3 seconds remaining that would have sent the game into overtime.
Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners with 18 points, though 14 came in the first half and her last bucket came with 12:01 remaining. Bria Holmes led the Mountaineers (21-3, 10-2) with 19 points while Averee Fields added 12 and eight rebounds.
BACONE 94, SOUTHWEST 79 – The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 15-point advantage at halftime and never looked back in improve to 7-13 overall, 4-9 in the Red River Conference.
Dametria Dawson led Bacone in scoring with 29 points and also grabbed 16 boards. Myriah Hadnot added 17 points and 15 rebounds and Mariah Sweeney finished with 12 points.
HOUSTON BAPTIST 84, ORU 75 — The Golden Eagles (7-15, 6-6 Southland Conference) were led by freshman Kaylan Mayberry, who recorded 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting. Christian Key added 17 for the Golden Eagles, while Bernadett Balla led the way with 10 rebounds. Shanice Steenholdt led Houston Baptist (11-13, 7-6) with 32 points. Muskogee ex Alexus Wilson had eight points for ORU.
MID-AMERICA 10, BACONE 9; MID-AMERICA 8, BACONE 5 – The Lady Warriors opened the 2014 season by dropping both games at home on Thursday.
Lucy Walter took the loss in the opener, giving up six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings while Megan Filanda was tagged with the loss in the nightcap, surrendering five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.