MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 3, 2013

Area college basketball roundup


Phoenix staff, wire report

Men

PAUL QUINN 85, BACONE 68 — The Warriors’ struggles this season continued  in falling to the Tigers for their fifth straight loss in dropping to 3-18 overall and 1-13 in the Red River Athletic Conference. Playing in Dallas, Bacone is 0-14 on the road this season. Paul Quinn, not eligible for the conference postseason, improved to 8-11.

ARKANSAS 73, TENNESSEE 60 — BJ Young came off the bench for the second time this season on Saturday, breaking out of a recent shooting slump and scoring 25 points as the Razorbacks (13-8, 4-4 SEC) improved to 13-1 at home with a 73-60 win over Tennessee (11-9, 3-5).

The sophomore’s point total was his most since scoring 26 points in a win over Northwestern State on Dec. 29, and the scoring outburst came on the heels of a recent four-game stretch during which he had averaged just 12.5 points per game and shot 37.3 percent.

ORU 65, SE LOUISIANA 59 — Damen Bell-Holter and Warren Niles combined for 43 points and Oral Roberts withstood a second-half rally by Southeastern Louisiana to earn a 65-59  Southland Conference victory against the Lions at the Mabee Center.

ORU (14-8, 9-1 SLC), which finished 22-for-54 from the floor (40.7 percent), remained tied with Stephen F. Austin in the Southland Conference standings after earning its sixth consecutive victory. Bell-Holter paced ORU with 23 points while pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds. Niles, the leading scorer in the Southland Conference at 19.2 points per game, finished with 20 points

The Lions dropped to 8-12 and 6-4.

MEMPHIS 94, TULSA 64 —Kauri Black scored a career-high 14 points to lead four players in double figures for Tulsa, but the Golden Hurricane fell to the Tigers.

Scottie Haralson made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points with five rebounds for the Golden Hurricane (12-10, 4-4 C-USA). Pat Swilling, Jr., also hit three from outside the arce and tallied 11 points, while Rashad Ray added 10 points. D.J. Stephens had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and added five blocks to lead the Tigers (18-3, 7-0 C-USA). Antonio Barton led Memphis with 16 points, and Chris Crawford added 12 points.



Women

CONNORS 71, MID-SOUTH CC 50 — The Cowgirls (14-9) snapped a three-game losing streak with a wire-to-wire win at West Memphis, Ark., thanks to Shakemia Franklin’s seven 3s and game-high 27 points. Kami Bunch followed with 12 points and Tonisha Dean 11 points.

“We played much better basketball today than in the past three games,” said head coach Eddie Kite. “We took the lead early and kept playing well. They did everything we asked.”

Connors held a 34-23 lead at the intermission and cruised to the win. It was the second win of the season over Mid-South for the Cowgirls. Mid-South (5-17) was led by Jasmine Greer’s 12 points.

The Cowgirls return to Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Monday, traveling to El Reno to play Redlands Community College. Tip-off is 6 p.m.



ORU 90, SLU 48 — In Tulsa, Oral Roberts opened the game with a 25-2 run, as all five Golden Eagles’ starters scored in double figures in the Southland Conference victory against Southeastern Louisiana.

Junior wing Christian Key led ORU (10-10 overall and 7-3 in the SLC) with 22 points on 6-for-9 shooting from behind the arc. Senior guard Kevi Luper added 19 points, followed by junior center Sarah Shelton, who posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Oral Roberts connected on 13 3-point field goals on the way to the victory against the Lady Lions (9-12, 2-8).