, Muskogee, OK

December 6, 2013

Area briefs

Phoenix Staff Reports

— Oral Roberts to  return to Summit

TULSA — Oral Roberts University has announced plans to return to the Summit League after spending the past two seasons in the Southland Conference.

ORU announced Thursday it will rejoin the Summit League in all sports beginning July 1, 2014.

ORU spent 15 seasons in the Summit League before leaving for the SLC. ORU athletic director Mike Carter says the SLC’s expansion to 14 teams reduced some of ORU’s primary objectives in moving — including reduced travel costs and developing rivalries with some schools in the SLC.


66ers defeat

Sioux Falls

TULSA— Isaiah Wilkerson’s 3-point basket gave Tulsa the lead for good and the 66ers held off the Sioux Falls Skyforce 82-80 in overtime Thursday inside the Spirit Bank Event Center.

Grant Jerrett led the 66ers in scoring with 19 points alongside six rebounds. Andre Roberson, on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, recorded six points, seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.

Wilkerson, who scored four of Tulsa’s five overtime points, the 3 making it an 81-80 game, totaled 10 points and two rebounds.

Tulsa outrebounded Sioux Falls 49-43 behind 14 boards from Rodney Bartholomew.

Thursday’s contest was Tulsa’s first of three home games in a four day stretch. The 66ers host the NBA D-League’s newest team – the Delaware 87ers – tonight at 7 before closing the weekend against the Texas Legends at 4 p.m. Sunday.

NSU pair earn

All-Region honors

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Langston Jones and Muskogee High grad Kyler Harris became the first football players in school history to earn Daktronics All-Region accolades, the organization announced Thursday.

Both Jones, a senior linebacker, and Harris, a sophomore safety, were named to the 2013 Daktronics All-Super Region 3 Second Team.

Jones was the leading tackler from Super Region 3 (for the second-straight year) by a 21-tackle margin. He finished fourth in the NCAA in both total tackles (141) and tackles per game (12.8). The versatile player also ranked 12th in the MIAA in tackles for loss (9.0) and 15th in pass breakups (8), while finishing with a pair of interceptions. He is fourth in career tackles (387) amongst all active Division II players.

Harris finished second amongst all Super Region 3 defensive backs with 107 tackles. He led all MIAA DB’s by a 30-tackle margin, and he also finished second amongst all Super Region 3 defenders in solo tackles (62). He ranked seventh in Super Region 3 with four interceptions, and he finished 15th in the MIAA in pass breakups (8).


OSU to give

away tickets

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State officials say an anonymous donor is providing some free tickets for an Oklahoma State basketball game.

OSU says the donor will purchase all unsold tickets for the game between the No. 9 Cowboys and South Carolina and fans can pick them up starting at 6:30 p.m. today on the north side of Gallagher-Iba Arena until the game begins at 8:30 p.m.

The game is part of the first Big 12/SEC Challenge and will be televised live on ESPNU.