Phoenix Staff Reports
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.
WILBURTON — Connors State’s Kami Bunch and Tonisha Dean scored 17 and 15 points respectively but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 15-point deficit midway in the second half, as Eastern held off a late Cowgirls threat to take the OCAC win.
The Cowgirls fell to 10-7 for the year and 4-5 in league action, while Eastern State improves to 14-6 and 7-2. Connors will travel to Tishomingo to battle Murray State on Monday night. Tip-off is 6 p.m.
Connors, which held a two-point lead midway the first half 20-18, trailed at the half 33-25. The Lady Mountaineers stretched their lead to 15 points 61-46 at the seven-minute mark of the second half. The Cowgirls behind Bunch and Dean, sliced Eastern’s lead to three points 65-62. However, the Cowgirls could get no closer.
Shola Adeboyo led the Lady Mountaineers scoring with 18 points with Rodneisha Milum adding 16 points in the win.
Jarvis Christian 84, Bacone 47
HAWKINS, Texas — The Lady Warriors trailed 27-24 at halftime before Jarvis Christian outscored Bacone 57-23 en route to the victory.
Bacone finished shooting 34 percent (18 of 52) but committed 30 turnovers; Kyna Lewis finished with nine points and 15 rebounds.
The Lady Warriors (4-12, 3-9) play Southwestern Assemblies of God on Saturday.
ORU 77, Lamar 48
TULSA — Freshman Taylor Cooper led the way on the score sheet, with a career-high 20 points, while Sarah Shelton added her first career double-double, with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Seniors got in on the act as well, with Jaci Bigham and Kevi Luper tallying 13 points each. Bigham added seven assists.
The ORU defense was on point, holding Lamar (12-5, 5-2 Southland Conference) to 28.8 percent shooting. The Golden Eagles held Kalis Loyd, who entered the game averaging a league-best 18.8 points per game, to just 11 points. Dominique Edwards added 11 for the Lady Cardinals.
Tulsa 54, Central Florida 51
TULSA — Tiffani Couisnard scored the final three points of the game to give Tulsa a win over UCF at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. TU moved to 7-11 on the season and 2-3 in Conference USA, while the Knights fell to 6-12 overall and 0-4 in the league.
Taleya Mayberry hit a team-best 22 points, while Kadan Brady scored 11 points. Loren McDaniel pulled down 15 rebounds and had three assists, and Couisnard tallied seven points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks in 31 minutes of play.
Arkansas 58, Missouri 50
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Senior Erin Gatling scored a career-best 23 points for Arkansas (14-5, 2-4 SEC), hitting acareer-best six threes.
Arkansas shot 36 percent for the game hitting 21-for-59 including eight three pointers in the win. The Razorbacks were paced by Gatling with 23. Keira Peak and Sarah Watkins had eight rebounds each in the balanced defensive effort.