WARNER---It was fast and furious at Melvin Self Field House Monday night as Connors State and Eastern State had to go overtime to decide a winner in the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference clash
In the end the host Cowboys outlasted the visiting Mountaineers 122-114 to remain unbeaten.
It was a game of little defense, as the Cowboys 10-0, 2-0) established a new single game scoring record, eclipsing the 1994 mark of 121 against Bacone College.
“We just didn’t guard tonight,” said CSC coach Bill Muse. “We didn’t guard them and they shot the ball extremely well (16 treys).
“We were lucky to get it to overtime. They played very hard. But we played well the last five minutes of the game.”
It was those five minutes that the Cowboys trailed Eastern (1-9, 0-1) 100-86 when they made their comeback, going on a 35-6 run, including the overtime.
The Cowboys, behind Daylon Tanksley and Callen Hadon, who scored 25 points each, sent the game into overtime. Haydon deadlock the game with 20 ticks on the clock at 109.
Eastern turned the ball over with 16 seconds remaining and a loose ball ensued, taking the clock to 2.1 seconds left. Caleb Riggs took a pass on the right wing but his game-winning shot attempt was blocked.
In the five-minute session Connors scored eight answered points for a 117-109 advantage on buckets by Haydon, Tanksley and Jordon Graham, who finished with 21 points.
Connors tightened its defense in the overtime and held the Mountaineers to just four points.
It was Graham’s bucket in the final 20 seconds of the OT that established the scoring mark.
“We finally made a few stops and they missed some shots in the end. But the first 40 minutes was ridiculous. We can play much better defense than we showed,” said Muse.
Connors will next return to the court on Dec. 2 to play Central Baptist College JV at Warner.
Eastern 65, CSC 63 (W)
Turnovers and failure to hit free throws doomed the Cowgirls (9-2, 1-1) against visiting Eastern (6-3, 1-1).
The Cowgirls managed just 12-of-21 at the free throw line yet had a chance to send the game into overtime. However, De’Asia Reid missed both attempts with five seconds left.
Reid led the Cowgirls scoring with 23 with Cheyanne Crain scoring 12 and Tateum Jones 11.
“I told the girls that free throws and turnovers are going to cost you,” said coach Jamie Fisher. “That’s what happened tonight. We didn’t play discipline defense and protect the basketball.
“We missed a lot more free throws than that last one.”
The Cowgirls’ Mikayla Maxwell converted one of two free throws before Tateum Jones rebounded the missed shot for a put back, giving Connors a 27-19 lead with 5:25 left in the second period, its largest lead in the first half.
The Mountaineers outscored CSC 10-4 to tie it at the half.