Phoenix staff, wire reports
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.
St. Thomas 80,
In need of a win to solidify a trip to the Red River Athletic Conference tournament the Bacone Lady Warriors fell just short 80-72 to Saint Thomas on Thursday night at the Palmer Center.
After staying within single digits for most of the game the Lady Celts pushed their lead to 13 at 75-62 with 3:24 remaining; Bacone trimmed it to 77-71 with under a minute left but that was as close as they would get.
The loss drops the Lady Warriors to 7-16 overall and 5-13 in the RRAC, tied for the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament with Southwestern Assemblies of God and Jarvis Christian.
Offensively Bacone hit 36 percent (28-of-76) but knocked down only 3-of-18 on 3s. Saint Thomas finished shooting 39 percent (26-of-66).
Myriah Hadnot led a quartet of scorers for Bacone with 18. Emily Lovell and Destinee Duncan both finished with 11 points and 10 boards and Danielle Reed chipped in 10.
Oral Roberts 90,
Sam Houston 40
TULSA — ORU held the Bearkats to a 19.6 percent field goal percentage, a new program record for lowest shooting percentage allowed in a game. ORU’s previous record came on November 29, 2003, when Bacone shot just 20.4 percent in a 119-29 Golden Eagle win.
The 50-point margin of victory is the largest of the season for Misti Cussen’s team against NCAA Division I competition.
Jaci Bigham led the way with 17 points, while Taylor Cooper added 16, Christian Key had 15, Kevi Luper chipped in 13 and Savanna Buck scored 11 on the night. ORU put five players in double-figures for the second time this season.
With the win, ORU (12-11, 9-4 SLC) trails both SHSU (13-11, 9-3 SLC) and Lamar by just a half-game in the league standings.