NSU 74, NEBRASKA-KEARNEY 63 — Kendrick Thompson and the bench carried the RiverHawks Thursday evening to a critical road win at Nebraska-Kearney.
NSU (17-9) handed the Lopers only its second home loss in 13 games this season to pull back ahead of them in the MIAA standings by a half-game.
With two games left in the regular season NSU holds a 10-7 MIAA mark. The Lopers who will host No. 23-ranked Rogers State this Saturday, falls to 9-7 in league play.
Thompson recorded his 11th 20-point game this season to pace NSU with 25-points. Brad Davis had 12, and Aaron Givens added ten with a pair of blocks. The RiverHawks’ bench had 41 points — its most against an NCAA program this season —and tied for the second-highest total overall.
It was also a redemption win for NSU, which looked to redeem themselves for an 83-79 overtime loss to the Lopers a month ago inside the Event Center.
Brad Davis had 12 for NSU and Muskogee grad Aaron Givens 10.
NSU is at Fort Hays on Saturday.
DENVER 100, ORAL ROBERTS 96, OT — Ade Murkey scored 26 points and Jase Townsend nearly missed a triple-double and Denver won in overtime Thursday night.
Townsend’s layup with 45.8 seconds left in overtime gave Denver a 98-96 lead and they never trailed again. Townsend scored 24 with 11 rebounds and nine assists.
Deondre Burns made pair of foul shots with three seconds to go in regulation for a 90-87 lead. Max Abrams fouled Townsend shooting a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left and he sank three from the foul line forcing overtime.
Kevin Obanor’s layup with 5:11 left gave the Golden Eagles a 76-66 lead before Denver (6-22, 2-12 Summit League) went on a 13-2 run and for a 79-78 lead in just a little more than three-minute span.
Robert Jones made all seven of his shot attempts and scored 16 for Denver.
Emmanuel Nzekwesi led Oral Roberts (14-13, 7-7) with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Abrams scored 22 with six 3s, Sam Kearns 16 off the bench and Kevin Obanor 14.
WAYLAND BAPTIST 94, BACONE 42 — The Warriors (0-23) remained winless as they trailed 44-26 at the half. Oktaha grad Dean Austin had 13 points as Bacone’s only double-figure scorer. Wayland is 18-9. Bacone’s home finale is Saturday against Panhandle State.
NEBRASKA-KEARNEY 82, NSU 64 — Cenia Hayes tied her career-high in points with 27 on Thursday night, but host Nebraska-Kearney pulled away in the fourth quarter to stave off the upset.
Hayes led all scorers while pulling eight rebounds. Shae Sanchez scored 17 points and had seven rebounds. Zaria Collins scored in double digits for the third straight game, finishing with 10 points.
The RiverHawks (5-19, 3-14 MIAA) took their first lead of the game with 1:25 remaining in the first quarter when Sanchez fed Britney Ho, who hit the layup to put NSU up 14-13. The Lopers (24-3, 13-3) would score five straight points to end the quarter with an 18-14 lead and would never trail.
Northeastern State is at Fort Hays State.
WAYLAND BAPTIST 91, BACONE 34 — Wayland jumped out to a 58-16 lead at half and Bacone didn’t get into double figures in any quarter until posting 13 in the fourth. No one was in double figures for the Lady Warriors (3-21). Danielle Smiley led with nine heading into Saturday’s home finale against Panhandle State..