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January 18, 2013

College basketball roundup: Connors men roll to victory

Phoenix staff, wire reports


CONNORS STATE 85, NORTHERN-ENID 71 — Connors State’s Hakeem Harris and Josh Cameron powered the 18th-ranked Cowboys to an 85-71 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over the Northern Oklahoma-Enid Jets on their home floor.

The Cowboys’ victory keeps Connors in a tie for the OCAC league depending on the outcome of Thursday night’s play. The Cowboys are now 5-2 for the season and 14-3 for the season. NOC-Enid is 4-3 and 14-5.

Harris, who missed his last outing with a concussion, felt no effects against the Jets as he poured home 30 points in the victory, a season high for the 6-1 sophomore guard from Bergenfield, N.J.

Cameron also scored in double-digits as he scored 21 points and Denell Henderson added 10 points in the win.

Connors trailed only one time in the game, 17-16 midway the first half, before taking a 32-29 lead at the half. The Cowboys outscored the Jets 53-42 in the final 20 minutes to get the win.

Dalen Qualls led Northern’s scoring with 27 points with Connor Brooks adding 13 and Philip Brown 11.

Connors State returns home to Melvin Self Field House on Monday playing host to Western Oklahoma State College. Tip-off for the OCAC contest is 8 p.m.

ORAL ROBERTS 64, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 52 — A strong inside game, led by Damen Bell-Holter’s fifth double-double of the season, led Oral Roberts (9-8, 4-1) past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2-13, 1-4) in south Texas on Thursday night.

Bell-Holter had a game-high 27 points on an 8-of-9 shooting effort, and had 13 rebounds as he scored 20 points for the fourth time in five games. Warren Niles overcame a cold start to score 14 points, while Shawn Glover added 12 for the Golden Eagles, who won their third-straight road game.



NORTHERN-ENID 76, CONNORS STATE 50 —  The 22nd-ranked Northern Oklahoma Jets behind Kati Sullivan’s 23 points and Marisha Wallace’s 22 cruised to a 76-50 victory over the visiting Connors State Cowgirls Thursday night at Enid in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference clash.

Connors (10-6, 3-4) trailed only 33-30 at the half, but fell behind as the  Sullivan and Wallace ignited the attack by NOC-Enid (14-5, 6-1) in the final 20 minutes of play.

Cowgirls’ Kami Bunch and Tonisha Dean led the Cowgirls scoring with 12 points each.

The Cowgirls will return to OCAC play on Monday night at home against Western Oklahoma State College at Melvin Self Field House. Tip-off is 6 p.m.

ORAL ROBERTS 68, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 41 — Christian Key scored a career-high 21 points as Oral Roberts overcame a rocky first half to dominate Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday night at Corpus Christi, Texas.

Key was 8-for-13 from the field and 5-for-7 from three-point range. The career-high performance is the third straight for the Tulsa native

The victory, combined with Sam Houston State’s 64-48 win over Central Arkansas, moves ORU (7-8, 4-1) into a four-way tie for first place in the Southland Conference standings. Those three teams, along with Lamar, all sit at 4-1.

Sarah Shelton added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Eagles, while Jaci Bigham added nine points and seven assists.

TULSA 67, MARSHALL 49 — Tulsa shot a season-high 51 percent as freshman Kelsee Grovey scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting to pace the Hurricane (6-10, 1-2 Conference USA). She also was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Senior Taleya Mayberry scored 18 points, tied a career-high with seven steals and added a season-high eight assists. Marshall fell to 6-10 and 0-3 in C-USA.

GEORGIA 57, ARKANSAS 53 — At Fayetteville, Ark., the Razorbacks (13-5, 1-4 SEC) took an 11 point lead into halftime, but were unable to close out the Lady Bulldogs (16-2, 4-1 SEC) in the second half. Freshman Dominique Wilson tied her career high with 12 points, while Sarah Watkins had a team-high 14 points along with four blocks.

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