MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 4, 2013

College basketball roundup


Phoenix Staff Reports

Men



CONNORS 98, EASTERN 88 — At Wilburton,freshman Corlbe Ervin hit a season-high 24 points and five other Cowboys registered double-figure scoring in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference win against the two-time defending regional champs Tuesday afternoon.

The Cowboys are 12-1 for the season and remain unbeaten in OCAC play at 3-0. Connors will return to play on Thursday against Redlands Community College at Melvin Self Field House. Tip-off is 8 p.m.

Willie Atwood had 17 points, Ronnie Boyce 15, Quan Jones 14, Terrance Carroll 12 and Devonte Robinson10.

Eastern (8-2, 1-2) drained 10 3-point shots for a 48-40 advantage at the half. Eastern increased its lead to 10 points before the Cowboys made their second-half run at the Mountaineers.

“We were down eight at the half and to beat them by 10, that’s an 18 point swing the second half.  And with six guys in double figures with balanced scoring that’s a pretty good performance,’ said Muse.

Mike McCode led the Mountaineers’ scoring with 24 points, with Aaron Young scoring 16, Dontavious Sears 11 and Devaughn Purcell 10.

Connors was 33-of 46 at the free throw line and Eastern 14-of 20. Eastern finished the game with 14 threes while the Cowboys had five.

ARKANSAS 111, SE LOUISIANA 65 — Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls scored 16 points each to lead four players in double figures as Arkansas made quick work of Southeastern Louisiana at Fayetteville, Ark.

The Razorbacks (5-2), playing their first game after returning from the Maui Invitational, have now won 18 straight games at home — 38 in a row against unranked non-conference opponents.

Portis, Arkansas’ freshman McDonald’s All-American, finished with 7-of-9 shooting on Tuesday night. Qualls was 5 of 6 from the floor, and all 12 players scored for the Razorbacks — who finished 38 of 61 (62.3 percent) from the field.

Arkansas topped the 100-point mark for the first time since a 112-63 win over Longwood on Nov. 18, 2012.

Jeffery Ricard led the Lions (3-4) with 14 points, while Dre Evans finished with 10.

ORAL ROBERTS 74, CAMERON 64 — At the Mabee Center, ORU (5-3) was led by Shawn Glover who had 15 points, hitting that plateau for the 11th straight game dating back to last season. Jorden Kaufman added a career best 11 points, Korey Billbury matched that mark and Drew Wilson, who made the first start of his ORU career, had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Cameron (3-4) had a trio of 10-point performances, including Will Cook, Desmond Henry and Charles Joy.



Women



EASTERN 87, CONNORS 55 – Connors State (3-6, 1-2 OCAC) jumped out to an early lead but could not hold on Tuesday afternoon in Wilburton.

Alyssa Jones led the Cowgirls scoring with 14 points with Johnesha Major adding 12.

“We got an early lead on them and handled their man defense and press well,” said Cowgirls head coach Eddie Kite. “Then we just couldn’t buy a shot when they went zone on us. Frustration then set in and we started to make some poor shots and bad decisions.”

Eastern (10-1, 4-0) held a 40-27 lead at intermission behind the 18-point scoring performance of De’Amber Brice.

Connors gets Redlands at home in a 6 p.m. tip on Thursday.

SAINT LOUIS 65, TULSA 54 — At St. Louis, the Billikens led by as many as 22 points with 8:42 to play before TU (3-2) closed with a 21-10 run to make it respectable. Erika Lane led the TU attack with 11 points, while Ashley Clark pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds. The Hurricane is back in action Saturday at home against Arkansas-Little Rock in a 1 p.m. start.

Oklahoma Wesleyan 86, Bacone 67 — Tamiya Green had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Warriors in the road loss. Cheyla Vega had 16 and Dametria Dawson 11.