NSU 57, Lincoln 45 – Senior forward Jermaine Bransford recorded his second straight double-double with 16 points and career-high 14 rebounds in the 37 minutes Saturday in the MIAA game.
“Jermaine is playing with a lot of confidence and enthusiasm right now,” NSU coach Larry Gipson said. “He is a high-energy kid with a lot of athleticism. When he shows up ready to play, he’s a handful for anybody to deal with.”
NSU improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in MIAA. The Blue Tigers dropped to 2-8 and 1-1.
“What’s more important than our record is how we’re playing,” Gipson said. “We’re learning how to win basketball games. This is the first game that I would say we truly closed it out.”
NSU shot 40 percent from the field (20-50), 25 percent from downtown (4-16) and 68 percent from the line. The visitors turned the ball over just nine times and outrebounded LU 40-30.
Cedric Ridle led Lincoln with 16 points and nine boards. Charles Cole added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Sean Harris recorded six blocks.
The RiverHawks never trailed in the second half, but Lincoln was able battle to within two (45-43) at 5:53. The visiting side was able to crank up the play on both ends of the floor and closed the game on a 12-2 run to earn the victory.
NSU travels to Quincy, Ill., to play in the Quincy University Holiday Tournament on Dec. 18-19, opening with Ohio Valley University.
SAGU 86, Bacone 60 – Bacone fell behind 39-28 at halftime as it only connected on 28 percent (17 of 60) of its shots in the game including six of 26 from 3-point range. The Warriors also had 19 turnovers.
Christian Smith scored 16 and and Sean Cooper scored 10 off the bench.
Bacone dropped to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference.
Tulsa 50, TCU 49 – Pat Swilling’s free throw with 0:03 left on the game clock snapped a 49-49 tie and gave Tulsa a 50-49 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs at the Donald W. Reynolds Center/
Tulsa improved to 6-3 on the season behind freshman D’Andre Wright’s team-highs of 14 points and seven rebounds, while senior Kauri Black and freshman Shaquille Harrison each tallied nine points for the Hurricane. TCU’s Garlon Green had a game-high 14 points as the Horned Frogs fell to 6-4.
In the second half, TCU overcame its five-point deficit with a 9-0 run to start the second half for a 34-30 lead at the 15:13 mark. Scottie Haralson’s three-pointer ended Tulsa’s drought in the first 5:30 after the intermission and brought the Hurricane to within one point at 34-33.
Michigan 80, Arkansas 67 – Arkansas came within one point of No. 3 Michigan in the second half, but was unable to take the lead from the Wolverines as the Razorbacks lost at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Razorbacks were led on the court by junior Marshwan Powell, who tallied 18 points on the day while junior Kikko Haydar came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points including a perfect 4-of-4 from the three-point arc.
Two other Razorbacks finished in double-digits as sophomore Hunter Mickelson grabbed 10 points and a team-high five rebounds and Junior Rickey Scott also had 10 points.
Michigan’s entire starting lineup scored in double figures. Glenn Robinson III scored 17, Trey Burke had 16 points and seven assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 14 and Nik Stauskas added 12.
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