TISHOMINGO, Okla.–Connors State Cowboys placed five players in double figures in overpowering host Murray State College 92-64 in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play Monday night at A.H. Beames Field House.
Darius Roy led the Connors offensive assault with 18 points followed by Mason Jones with 14, ReShawn Langston 13, A.J. Cockrell 12, and Bishop Coulter 10.
Connors will return home to play Western Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in an OCAC contest at Melvin Self Field House.
Cowboys (2-1, 14-2) used a 15-2 run to open second half of play to put the game out of reach for the outmanned Aggies. Murray falls to 1-2 and 7-7.
“The first five minutes of the second half I thought we played really well,” said Cowboys head Coach Bill Muse. “We had a 12 point lead in the first half and let it get away. Then late in the half they came back to within four. We regrouped and I thought we played well the second half.
“Then we maintained it. We got up 20 and maintained that lead throughout the final half,” said Muse.
Connors led by just four points at the half 36-32 before exploding on a 15-2 run to open the final 20 minutes to take a 54-34 advantage with 15-46 remaining.
The Cowboys then increased its lead to 28 points, 88-60 with 1:30 left in the game. It was the largest lead of the game for the Cowboys.
Connors shot 51 percent from the field (34-of-67, including 9-of-21 from behind the arc. Cowboys out rebounded the Aggies 37-28.
“We were bigger than Murray and we came in wanting to control the boards, “said Muse. That was the game plan and we did the job on the glass.
Tyler Motley led the Aggies scoring with 18 points.
CONNORS STATE 92, MURRAY STATE 64
Connors State 36 56–92
Murray StateÂ 32 32–64
Connors State (2-1, 14-2)–Roy 18, Langston 15, Langston 13, Cockrell 12, Coulter 10, T. Jones 9, Bobb 9, Putnam 4, Price 3,
Murray State (1-2, 7-7)–Motley 18, McKnight 9, Henderson 9, Daniels 8, Brown 7, Collier 6, Akpuru 3, Cummard 2, Ledford 2.