Northeastern A&M point guard Rudi Williams riddled the Connors State defense for 25 points and along with his dazzling ball handling led the Norsemen to a 92-83 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference win Monday night before a packed field house in Miami.
“We knew he (Williams) was a great player,” said Connors coach Bill Muse. “There is no doubt he’s the best player in the league. He showed it again tonight.”
Daylon Tanksley led the Cowboys (19-8, 6-7) with 21 points, followed by Jahcoree Ealy’s 17, Jordan Graham’s 16, with Caleb Riggs and Jarquavious Cain with 11 points each. NEO is 19-6 and 11-1.
Muse was disappointed in the Cowboys’ defensive effort.
“We didn’t guard anybody tonight, “said Muse.”We can’t play defense. That’s the problem. Our defense is absolutely horrible,” said a dejected Muse.
NEO 51, Connors State 49
A Connors State turnover with three seconds remaining was fatal for the Cowgirls Thursday at Northeastern A&M.
“That was a misfortunate turnover,” said Cowgirls coach Jamie Fisher. “We have been having 20-24 a game and just 11 in this one.
“We gave ourselves a shot to win the game at the end. And that’s all we can ask for.”
De’Asia Reid led the Cowgirls (5-8, 18-9) with 14 points with Chalynn Mayes adding 10 in the loss. NEO (12-10, 7-5) was led by Koreea Kirksey and Eliska Sstevbetakova with 11 points each.
The Cowgirls trailed 34-25 at the 4:05 mark of the third quarter but battled back to within two points several times, tying the game at 47 on a bucket by Reid with 40 seconds remaining.
A pair of free throws by Ivana Murrillo put the Lady Norse back on top with :27, setting up the fateful possession for CSC.