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.
Lincoln 54, NSU 49 – An uncharacteristic 25 turnovers — the most committed by NSU in 38 games — led to its downfall Saturday.
“They were pressuring and we didn’t take care of the ball. Most of their 17 steals were of that type, just us not taking care of the ball,” NSU coach Randy Gipson said. “They pressured it away from us and we weren’t strong with the ball.”
The team entered the contest leading the nation in fewest turnovers committed per game at just 12.0.
The RiverHawks (4-4, 1-1 MIAA) were led in scoring by sophomore guard Fontana Tate, who dropped a career-high 11 points. Senior guard Taylor Lewis added 10.
“She was alert and ready to shoot, and she knocked some shots down,” Gipson said. “That was a plus for us.”
Arriana Walker led Lincoln (5-3, 1-1 MIAA) with 14 points, six assists, five rebounds, and five steals.
The RiverHawks shot 42 percent from the field (17-41), 35 percent from downtown (6-17) and 9 of 11 from the foul line (82 percent). The RiverHawks also outrebounded the Blue Tigers 36-24.
NSU led 22-10 with 9:22 to play in the opening half, but a 17-0 run that extended into the second half gave the Blue Tigers a 32-26 advantage after scoring the first nine points of the second half. NSU rallied to tie it at 35 at the 12:21 mark and after falling behind by as many as seven, crawled back to within one with 1:45 to go but LU scored the final four points.
The RiverHawks will return to action at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Arkansas-Fort Smith.
“We have final exams this week, so we’re going to have to let them get focused on that. You just go back to work. Playing in a quality league like this is just a grind. It’s a tough game every night out. When things don’t go your way, you just have to go back to work.”
Bacone 70, SAGU 57 – The Lady Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Southwestern Assemblies of God University at the Palmer Center to improve to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the Red River Athletic Conference.
Bacone shot 51 percent (17 of 33) in the first half. Emily Lovell led the Lady Warriors with 18 points. Ashley Jenkins had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Destinee Duncan chipped in 10.
Bacone also outrebounded SAGU 61-40.
Tulsa 58,Colorado State 43 – The Hurricane earned its third-straight victory by beating Colorado State at the Donald W. Reynolds Center to improve to 3-5 for the season. CSU fell to 2-6 overall.
Kelsee Grovey had a team-best 16 points, while Taleya Mayberry added 11 points and a team-leading seven assists. Tiffani Couisnard pulled down 12 rebounds, and Couisnard, Ashley Clark and Grovey each had two steals.
CSU was led by Sam Martin with 13 points, two blocks and two steals, while Alicia Nichols added 10 points, and Hayley Thompson had six rebounds. The Rams shot 32-percent from the field and were 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
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