, Muskogee, OK


February 11, 2013

Connors splits with Seminole

WARNER – Connors State, behind the 28-point assault of Josh Cameron and free-throw shooting down the stretch, fought off visiting Seminole State College 87-78 Monday night at Melvin Self Field House.

The win completed a sweep of the Cowboys over Seminole State this season as Connors improves to 20-5 for the year and goes to 10-4 in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play. It was the Cowboys’ third straight win while the Trojans fell to 7-16 and 4-9 in league play.

Cameron was 8-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, while draining 8 of 8 at the charity stripe for his 28-point output. Also scoring in double figures for the Cowboys were Hakeem Harris with 22 points and Denell Henderson with 10. Harris also pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the Cowboys.

“(Josh) Cameron is carrying us right now and he his emerging himself as our best perimeter player,” said Connors coach Bill Muse. “He did an outstanding job from the outside and did a great job defending. We won the game, but at times we just didn’t play smart.

“It was sloppy at times, too sloppy for what I am trying to get from the kids.”

Connors was deadly at the free-throw line draining 25 of 33 attempts. The Cowboys were a perfect 14 for 14 in the final 2:50 of the contest.

Cowboys only held a two-point lead 40-38 entering the second half as the game was tied four times in the opening 11 minutes of the second half.

The final tie came at 60-60 with 8:48 remaining before the Cowboys took the lead for good on a Henderson putback with 8:28 remaining. The 6-8 sophomore than converted two free throws to give the Cowboys some breathing room, 64-60.

Cameron scored along the baseline for a 6-point CSC advantage 66-60, with 6:45 left. Troy Jones converted a bucket for an 8-point Cowboys lead with 6:17 left

The Trojans then scored two buckets to make it 68-63 with 5:09 left before Connors upped its lead to 10 points 73-63 on baskets by Jones and Harris with 3:58 left. Seminole came back with two more baskets, cutting the Connors lead to five points, 73-68 with 3:12 remaining.

That’s when the Cowboys converted 14 straight points at the free throw line to put the game away, outscoring the Trojans 13-10.

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