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January 21, 2013

Area college basketball roundup

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CONNORS 83, WESTERN 75 — Connors State rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to capture an 83-75 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory Monday night at Melvin Self Field House.

Connors won the game at the free throw line draining 36-of 48 free throws, while the Pioneers, who got into foul trouble late in the contest, finished just 10-of-14 from the stripe.

Josh Cameron led the Cowboys offensive assault with 22 points, followed by Denell Henderson, who recorded a double-double, with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Hakeem Harris added 12 in the win.

The victory keeps the No. 18-ranked Cowboys tied for the OCAC lead at 6-2 as they improved to 15-3 for the season. Connors returns to conference play on Thursday, traveling to Wilburton to battle Eastern Oklahoma State College. Tip-off is 8 p.m.

The loss dropped Western to 10-8 for the year and 1-6 in conference play.

Connors trailed 52-40 with 13:27 left in the contest, before getting its first lead of the second half 60-59 on a bucket by Henderson.

The two clubs exchanged the lead twice before the Cowboys took a 3-point advantage 64-61 with 6:31 remaining on baskets by Cameron and Jamarcus Weatherspoon.

Connors and Western were then tied three more times, the last at 70-all with 3:24 left. The Pioneers then regained the lead on a free throw by Stirling Thomas, who led the Western with 29 points, 71-70 at the 2:55 mark.

Cowboys took the lead for good on a put-back by Henderson and increased its lead to three points on a Cameron drive along the right baseline, for a 74-71 Cowboys advantage with 1:59 remaining.

Connors then drained 7-of 8 free throws, sandwiched around baskets by Henderson and Cameron to secure the victory.

LSU-SHREVEPORT 98, BACONE 73 – The Bacone Warriors could not hold off the LSU-Shreveport Pilots on Monday at the Palmer Center.

The Warriors trailed 40-34 at halftime before the Pilots managed to outscore Bacone 58-39 in the second half while hitting 52 percent (21 of 40). In contrast the Warriors knocked down 44 percent (30 of 68) but hit just six of 22 3-point shots and went 7-for-24 from the free-throw line.

The Pilots finished shooting 44 percent (34 of 76) on the night.

Creed Flowers and Derrick Thomas finished with 15 points apiece for Bacone while Christian Smith added with 13 points and 14 boards and Kwame Bates added in 11 points.

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