WILBURTON — Connors State used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to defeat host Eastern 100-96 in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference clash at Dunlap Field House Thursday night.
The Cowboys drained 38 free throwsin the second half.
Willie Atwood led the Cowboys scoring with 22 points, followed by Hekeem Harris and Devante Moore with 19 points each and Josh Cameron’s 18 points. Denell Henderson also scored in double figures with 16.
The Cowboys, ranked No. 21 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, improved to 16-3 for the season and 7-2 in league play while Eastern State falls to 13-7 and 5-4.
Cowboys broke a 71-71 deadlock with 6:40 remaining in the game on a Josh Cameron basket to give Connors a 73-71 lead. It was all Cowboys at the free throw line the remainder of the physical contest as Eastern had five players foul out of the game.
Ryan Devers led the Mountaineers with 27 points, 23 of that in the second half.
Jarvis Christian 90, Bacone 77
HAWKINS, Texas — A 12-2 scoring run by Jarvis Christian proved to be the turning point as they were able to defeat the Bacone College Warriors at Anthony Robinson Gym.
Tied at 63-63 Jarvis Christian rode their scoring run to a 75-65 lead over the Warriors with 3:52 remaining; the closest Bacone would get the rest of the way was eight points at 75-67 after Derrick Thomas scored at the 3:33 mark.
For the game the Warriors hit 44 percent (30 of 68), knocked down eight of 18 3-pointers while committing 20 turnovers.
Creed Flowers finished with 16 points, Derrick Thomas and Kwame Bates added 14 and Marcus Robinson had 10.
Oral Roberts 91, Lamar 74
TULSA — A 15-0 run for Oral Roberts (11-8, 6-1 Southland Conference) in the second half was enough to put away Lamar (2-17, 0-7 Southland) on Thursday night as the Golden Eagles overwhelmed the Cardinals at the Mabee Center.
The 91 points scored by ORU was the most this season and the most since dropping 97 on against South Dakota on January 26 of last season.
ORU was led by a trio of scorers, all of which was spurred by Korey Billbury’s 10 assists. Billbury is the first to have 10 assists since Roderick Pearson had 12 at South Dakota (12/30/11). Those assists aided Warren Niles, who tied a season high, and Shawn Glover, who set a new season best with 33 and 24 points, respectively.
Glover also had a game-high nine rebounds. Damen Bell-Holter had 15 points and eight rebounds.