WARNER—Murray State scored the opening basket of the game for its only lead, and then it was all Connors State the rest of the way as the Cowboys raced to a 91-59 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over the visiting Aggies Thursday at Melvin Self Field House.
Connors will take a No. 15 NJCAA national ranking to Altus, Okla., Monday to battle Western Oklahoma State. Cowboys enter the OCAC clash with a 22-2 season mark and 10-1 conference record. Murray State falls to 9-13 on the year and 3-8 in league play.
It was the Cowboys’ 12th-straight victory having not lost since Dec. 2 (Southern-Shreveport, La., 68-66) on the road. Connors has now won 12 consecutive games at home this season.
“We still have a tough road ahead of us,” said Cowboys’ head coach Bill Muse. “Going to Western won’t be easy. It’s a long trip. There is still a lot of basketball to be played.”
Murray took a 2-0 lead 46 seconds into the lopsided contest then it was all Cowboys as they scored the next eight points for an 8-2 lead streaking to a 46-25 advantage at the intermission.
“I thought we really guarded the first half,” said Muse. “We had a nice comfortable lead. But when you have a comfortable lead you sometimes get complacent. We didn’t tonight. We kept on them,” said Muse.
Connors placed six players in double-figure scoring led by Ra’Shawn Langston’s 18 points. He was followed by Darius Roy with 15; Terrance Jones came off the bench to score 14, along with Bishop Coulter with 13. Mason Jones pumped home 11 and A.J. Cochrell scored 10.
“Putting six guys in double figures is always impressive,” said Muse.
Jalen Brown led Murray State with 18 with David Cummard and Braden Ledford adding 10 points each.
Cowboys’ largest lead of the night was 32 points, and held the Aggies to the magic threshold of 69 which is their number for defensive play for the opposition.
CONNORS STATE 91, MURRAY STATE 59
Murray State 25 34–59
Connors State 46 45-91
Murray State (9-13, 3-8)–Brown 18, Cummard 10, Ledford 10, McKnight 6, Akpuru 5, Daniels 4, Henderson 4, Hodges 2.
Connors State (22-2, 10-1)–Langston 18, Roy 15, T. Jones 14, Coultre 13, M. Jones 11, Cockrell 10, Bobb 6, Putnam 2, Lowe 2.