EL RENO-----Connors State dominated host Redlands Community College Monday night on the Cougars home floor capturing an 89-67 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory.
The Cowboys improved to 20-5 and 9-3 in league play, while Redlands falls to 4-22 and 1-11. The victory gave the Cowboys a sweep of the regular season over the Cougars.
"I am proud that this is our 20th win," said Cowboys head coach Bill Muse. "That's a mile marker for this team.
"I thought we played pretty well," said Muse. "Redlands is struggling right now. They have only one conference win.
"I thought we could have done better in the first half. We still turned the ball over a little too much. The second half we played much better than the first."
Connors now looks ahead to a battle with league leading Northeastern A&M on Thursday night at Melvin Self Field. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.
"This is a big game for us (NEO)," said Muse. "We are two games out of first in the standings. That game is going to be big for us."
Cowboys had five players score in double figures against Redlands with Callen Haydon leading the assault with 21 points.
"This is Callen's hometown and he played hard and well tonight, "said Muse.
Connors held just an eight point lead at the half, but exploded for 49 in the second 20 minutes, leading by as many as 28 points with 1:56 remaining in the one-sided contest, 89-61.
The eight point Cowboy lead at the half was the closest the Cougars came to the Cowboys in the final 20 minutes of play.
A.J. McNeil led the Cougars with 25 followed by Anthony Loves' 12 and Tanner Meraz' 11.
CONNORS STATE 89, REDLANDS CC 67
Connors State 40 49--89
Redlands CC 32 35--67
Connors State (20-5, 9-3)—Haydon 21, Putnam 20, Sidberry 15, I. Jones 10, T. Jones 10, Graham 8, Lowe 2, Tanksley 1.
Redlands CC (4-22, 1-11)—McNeil 25, Love 12, Merez 11, Thornton 9, Edwards 8, Stover 2.