WARNER—Playing its best basketball in the month of January, Connors State rolled over visiting Western Oklahoma State 93-65 Thursday night in a Homecoming clash at Melvin Self Field House.
The victory lifted the Cowboys to 17-6 on the year and 4-5 in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Pioneers dropped to 9-13 on the year and 1-8 in OCAC play.
Cowboys will now go on the next road to play Eastern Oklahoma State Monday night in Wilburton and then Thursday night at Seminole State to open the month of February.
The Cowboys placed five players in double figures en route to a commanding 49-28 lead at the half.
"I thought we got off to a good start," said Cowboys Coach Bill Muse. "I thought that was important, the other night (against Murray State) we didn't.
"We played well in the second half in that game, but you have to play both halves by getting off to a good start, especially to start a game.
"We were able to do that tonight. We cruised into half time with a 21-point lead and I wanted to make sure we won the second half.
"I just didn't want to cruise in," said Muse.
"The five guys scoring in double figures were good," said Muse.
The Connors 21-point halftime bulge was stretched to 35 points 66-31 with 14:53 remaining in the one-sided contest. It was the largest lead of the night as the Pioneers came no closer than 22 points, 84-62 with 3:21 left in the game.
Western State's scoring was led by Michael McKay's 20 points with teammate Rasheed Brown adding 16 more in the loss.
CONNORS STATE 93, WESTERN STATE 65
Western State 28 37--65
Connors State 49 44--93
Western State (9-13, 1-8)—McKay 20, Brown 16, Taylor 6, Mims 5, Eaves 4, Labardy 4, Franz 4, Pierrie 3, S. Pierre 3.
Connors State (17-6, 4-5)—J. Graham 23, Ealy 19, Francis 16, Cain 13, Riggs 12, Tanksley 5, Kelly 5.