MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 8, 2014

College basketball roundup


Phoenix staff, wire reports

Men:

Alabama 83,

Arkansas 58


TUSCALOOSA, Ala.  — Trevor Releford scored 24 points and Shannon Hale added 18 to lead Alabama to an 83-58 victory over Arkansas on Saturday, snapping the Razorbacks’ six-game winning streak.

The Crimson Tide (13-18, 7-11 Southeastern Conference) capped a disappointing regular season by dominating from start to finish a team that appeared to be playing its way into the NCAA tournament. Arkansas (21-10, 10-8) was held to a season-low in points three days after pouring in 110 to rout Mississippi.

Levi Randolph scored 11 points and Jimmie Taylor had 10 on 5-of-5 shooting for Alabama.

Rashad Madden led Arkansas with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Bobby Portis scored 17 after producing 35 points in the previous meeting.

Alabama hit 29 of 53 shots (54.7 percent) while holding Arkansas to 15 of 48 (31.3 percent). The Tide also out-rebounded Arkansas 41-25 in the surprisingly one-sided game.

Bama’s only scholarship senior, Releford hit a late 3-pointer to tie Jerry Harper for fifth on the Tide’s career scoring list with 1,861 points. He left his final home game to a big standing ovation.

The Tide earned a bye into Thursday in the SEC tournament with the victory.

It was a potentially costly stumble in the postseason hopes of Arkansas, which hadn’t trailed by more than 20 points all season. The Razorbacks’ previous scoring low was 65 points in a win over Alabama month earlier.

Arkansas’ Anthlon Bell, who scored a career-high 23 against Ole Miss, was 0 for 5 and didn’t score. Michael Qualls scored three points, nine below his season average.



NW St. (La.) 88,

Oral Roberts 82


NATCHITOCHES, La. — The Golden Eagles (16-15, 10-8) cut a 12-point lead to four in the final minute but couldn’t finish the rally, falling 88-82.

 Shawn Glover had 26 points and Korey Billbury 21, 12 in the final five minutes. Both had nine rebounds. Brandon Conley added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Muskogee High grad Adrion Webber had nine points in 12 minutes of reserve duty.

NSU (16-13, 12-6) got 22 points from Zikiteran Woodley and 19 from Jalan West.

The Golden Eagles will be the sixth seed in the upcoming Southland Conference Tournament.



Women:

NW St. (La.) 71,

Oral Roberts 49


NATCHITOCHES, La. — Finishing 0-15 on the road this season, Oral Roberts committed 20 turnovers in losing their regular season finale Saturday in Natchitoches, La.

Christian Key led the Golden Eagles (9-19, 8-10 Southland Conference) with 12 points in her final regular season game, while Bernadett Balla added 10. Northwestern State (18-12, 11-7) was paced by 18 points from Keisha Lee. The Lady Demons shot a blistering 47.2 percent from the floor compared to ORU’s 41.2 and made seven 3-pointers.

Muskogee’s Alexus Wilson had a tough night going 1-of-10 from the field for the Golden Eagles and finished with two points and two steals. ORU will go to conference tournament play this week as the No. 8 seed.