St. Thomas 77,
At the Palmer Center on Thursday, the Warriors trailed by six with 10:01 remaining in the second half before the Celts got rolling and led by as much as 19 in the eventual victory.
Trailing 51-45, Saint Thomas went on a 18-5 scoring run which had them leading Bacone 69-50 with under five minutes remaining.
The Warriors gained back two of their leading scorers in Christian Smith and Kwame Bates after serving a three-week hiatus but the duo combined to finished 2-of-8 with seven points
For the game Bacone (4-21, 2-16) hit 34 percent (21-of-61) but went 5-of-19 from 3-point range. Creed Flowers and Irving Levine were the high scorers for the Warriors with 11 apiece.
Bacone gets Huston-Tillotson at the Palmer Center for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff Saturday.
Oral Roberts 74,
Sam Houston 64
TULSA — Oral Roberts (15-10,10-3) got a combined 49 points from Warren Niles and Damen Bell-Holter and the Golden Eagles never trailed as they topped Sam Houston State (13-11, 6-6) Thursday night at the Mabee Center.
Niles had a game-high 25 points, while Bell-Holter posted his ninth double-double of the season and fourth 20/10 game in a row with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Korey Billbury added 13 points and had four assists with just one turnover against the Bearkat pressure. D.J. Jackson had a team-high five assists on the night.
Iowa State 72,
NORMAN — Big losers at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 15, the Sooners didn’t care for the way they shot the ball, rebounded or their (lack of) toughness. With the Cyclones in their own gym, it was a chance to make things right — until it all went wrong.
No. 24 Iowa State (18-5, 9-4 Big 12) claimed a 72-68 victory and stole the conference’s second position from No. 22 OU (18-6, 8-4) along the way.
OU committed 18 turnovers, watched its leading scorer suffer through a 4-of-15 shooting night from the field, missed a slew of shots within a few feet of the basket and received absolutely no help from the officials.
“We shot better from 2 than they did. We shot better from 3 than they did. We shot better from the free-throw line than they did,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “We had more rebounds than they did. We had more assists than they did and we lost,” she said. “That doesn’t happen very often.”
Iowa State attempted 34 free throws and hit 27. OU attempted 14 and hit 12. The 25-point discrepancy was much too much to overcome. and by the time it was over, four different Sooners — Joanna McFarland, Aaryn Ellenberg, Morgan Hook and Sharane Campbell — had fouled out, a first in program history.
Hallie Christofferson scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Chelsea Poppens added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Cyclones. Three players — Campbell, Ellenberg and Griffin scored 14 points for the Sooners. Hook added 13.