WARNER—The January drought ended for Connors State Thursday night at Melvin Self Field HHHHHouse as the Cowboys rolled over visiting Redlands Community College 104-85 on Aggie Homecoming night, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Connors improves to 16-5 for the year and 3-4 in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Redlands remains winless in league play at 0-8 and 6-16 overall.
"We needed a win," said Cowboys coach Bill Muse. However the injury bug continues to hit the Cowboys.
"We had (Daylon) Tanksley go down with a bad ankle in the first half. Now we are down to one post player and moving guards into playing post. We are playing zone and doing whatever we can to survive."
Cowboys will hit the road on Monday traveling to Tishomingo to play league leading Murray State (15-3, 6-0).
It was 11th time this season the Cowboys topped the century mark in scoring.
Connors led by as many as 22 points in the second half and hit the century mark on a drive by Francis with 1:32 remaining for a 100-78 Cowboy lead.
Francis then put the Cowboys over the century mark with 46 seconds left when he drained a pair of free throws.
"Francis has done an excellent job of running the team and Ealy has finally got back his rhythm, just like he had at the start of the year," said Muse.
Cain like Tanksley was injured in the first half when he fell hard to the floor but did return to have an outstanding game.
"We are just trying to hold it together," said Muse. "Now we go to Murray, looking forward to the challenge."
Cowboys jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the Cougars behind the hot shooting of Tanksley. However, Tanksley went down with the ankle injury at the 8:54 mark. He went to the locker-room and did return just before the half ended, but did on play the remainder of the game.
Connors raced to a 50-38 advantage at the half as Cain poured in 15 points to lead Cowboys first half scoring attack.
Cougars first half scoring was led by Adnan Hussein with 11 points, who finished with 25. Redlands never led in the game.
CONNORS STATE 104, REDLANDS CC 85
Redlands 38 47—85
Connors State 50 54—104
Redlands (6-16, 0-8)—Hussien 25, Coppage 19, Herron 11, Choice 10, Marshall 8, Alexander 6 ,Lamb 6.
Connors State (16-5, 3-4)—Ealy 27, Cain 21, J. Graham 14, Francis 13, Tanksley 10, Kelly 7, J. Jordan 7, Riggs 5.