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.
LSU-SHREVEPORT 69, BACONE 49 – The Bacone Lady Warriors trailed by just five at halftime before LSU-Shreveport turned up the heat in the second half to defeat Bacone at the Palmer Center.
In the second half, the Lady Pilots defense stymied Bacone’s attack as the Lady Warriors shot just 21 percent (seven of 32) while being outscored 35-20.
Bacone finished the game shooting 27 percent (19 of 70) but hit only four of 19 three-pointers while converting seven for 19 free-throw attempts.
Kyna Lewis led Bacone with 11 points and 12 boards while Danielle Burgess chipped in 10 and Myriah Hadnot finished with 12 rebounds.
CONNORS 80, WESTERN STATE 49 – Connors State used a second-half assault behind Shakemia Franklin and cruised to an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Western on Monday at Melvin Self Field House in Warner.
The Cowgirls placed four players in double figures with Franklin leading the attack with 18 points followed by Tonisha Dean with 13, Tiara Hall with 12 points and Sha’Georgia Williams with 10.
Connors will take a 12-6 season mark and 4-4 OCAC record to Wilburton to battle Eastern in a conference clash at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Connors broke open the tight first half with a 15-7 run to open the final 20 minutes of play, taking a 13-point advantage, 50-37, at the 12:09 mark.
Connors, behind Franklin and Williams, upped its lead to 24 points, 72-48, with 3:56 remaining.
The Cowgirls’ largest lead was the final margin as Connors’ defense allowed the Lady Pioneers only five points the final eight minutes of the game.
The Cowgirls held a 31-24 lead at the break, holding off a late run by the Lady Pioneers, who sliced the Cowgirls lead from 11 points to one with six minutes remaining in the half.
Connors largest lead of the half was 11 points, 15-4, at the 10:54 mark. The Cowgirls shot only 9 of 29 from the field in the opening half and 11 of 14 at the foul line.
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