WARNER—Connors Cowboys got off to a slow start against visiting Western Oklahoma State Thursday night at Melvin Self Field House trailing 6-0 in the first three minutes of play.
But that quickly change as the Cowboys overtook the Pioneers at the 9:30 mark of the first half going on a 12-2 run en route to 97-61 rout of the Pioneers in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference clash.
The win lifts the Cowboys to 16-4 on the season and 5-2 in OCAC action. Western State falls to 7-12 overall and 1-7 in league play. Cowboys resume league play on Monday night when the battle Seminole State at 7:30 p.m. on the road.
"I was real happy with the effort," said Cowboys head Coach Bill Muse. "We carried out the game plan.
"I don't feel like Western shot the ball very well tonight and that certainly helped our transition offense. It helped us stretched the game out.
"We played pretty well on offense and shared the basketball. But we are still trying to find ourselves," said Muse.
Muse was pleased with the play of his point guard (Haydon) particularly in the first half.
"He has come a long way (Haydon), but still can improve," said Muse.
It was no contest after the first 20 minutes of play as the Cowboys streaked to a 50-31 advantage at the intermission. Connors held a 36-point advantage late in the lopsided game three times.
The Pioneers were led in scoring by Damien Sears with 19 points with teammate Delan O'Hearn adding another 15 in the loss.
CONNONRS STATE 97, WESTERN STATE 61
Western State 31 30--61
Connors State 50 47--97
Western State (7-12, 1-6)—Sears 19, O'Hearn 15, Jones 7, Givins 6, Okaford 5, Simeus 5, Dumas 2, Davis 2
Connors State (16-4, 5-2)—T. Jones 19, Sidberry 19, Putman 17, Riggs 12, Haydon 11, Tanksley 8, Lowe 6, Graham 5.