WARNER—Connors State eclipsed the century mark for the ninth time Thursday night at Melvin Self Field House when the 21st-ranked Cowboys found their shooting touch in the second half en route to a 105-78 victory over Cedar Valley Community College.
Connors, who ran its season record to an unbeaten 13-0, goes on the road Saturday to Louisiana to battle Southern Shreveport in a rematch. Cowboys topped the Louisiana club 89-71 in their season opener in Camden, Ark
"I thought we did a good job both halves tonight" said Cowboys Coach Bill Muse. "We played more like I want to play. We guarded much better and we carried out the game plan a lot better, start-to-finish.
"Even though we were minus (Daylon) Tanksley, who had to sit out the game because of an ejection (against Southwestern Christian), I thought they played hard for 40 minutes tonight, not just 20.
"We extended it tonight. The second-half especially. We aren't playing that many guys," said Muse.
Point-guard Callen Haydon, for the second consecutive game topped the 30-point scoring mark with 31. It was just last Tuesday against Southwestern Christian, the sophomore scored a Connors career high 32 against the Eagles.
"He's scoring a lot, but as long as it's in our offense" said Muse. "He can make his free throws and he's going to get fouled a lot. He's a good shooter. He has some good things going right now."
"Cain is scoring also, but he would have had over 30 tonight if he had hit his free throws (11-of-18). Cain has been strong for us inside."
He also praised the play of Ealy and Graham. "The entire team played well," said Muse.
Connors held just a 9-point lead at the half, but outscored the Suns 60-36 in the final 20 minutes to secure the victory.
Cowboys went on a 19-8 run to open the final 20 minutes to take a 70-52 advantage to put it away as the Dallas school could never recover.
Larry Rusk led the Suns scoring with 17 points with Austin Davis following with 16.
Connors held a 51-42 lead at the half over the Suns, but it wasn't easy.
Cowboys jumped out to a 13-2 lead as they opened on an 11-2 run. However the Suns rallied to tie the Cowboys at 34 all with 5:21 left in the half, despite the Cowboys leading the Dallas school by as many as 11 points twice in the opening 20 minutes.
Haydon and Cain led the Cowboys first half assault with 19 and 14 points respectively.
Connors finished 33-of-45 at the free throw line, while the Suns were 15-of-27 at the stripe.
Heading to Louisiana, Muse knows it won't be easy, despite defeating Southern Shreveport in the season opener on a neutral court.
"We took an Elite 8 team down there two years ago and lost. It's a tough trip to make. Anytime you go out of state and play in their backyard you will have your hands full," said Muse.
CONNORS STATE 105, CEDAR VALLEY CC 78
Cedar Valley CC 42 36—78
Connors State 51 54—105
Cedar Valley (8-6)—Rusk 17, Davis 16, Fitzpatrick 10, Tate 9, Jones 8, Miller 6, Thomas 5, Uchime 5, Palfy 2.
Connors State (13-0)—Haydon 31, Cain 27, Ealy 18, Riggs 15, Graham 8, Ja. Jordan 3, Hornsby 3.