WARNER--It was ugly at Melvin Self Field House Monday night.
Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa ranked 13th in the nation lived up to its NJCAA ranking with a 100-74 win over the Connors State Cowboys in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference clash.
The Cowboys (19-7, 6-6) will hit the road Thursday night to play Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Tonkawa is now 22-3 and 8-3.
The Mavericks came out firing to open the game draining four from behind the arc and never let up en route to a 44-34 half time advantage.
"We knew they were going to shoot from behind the line and we just didn't guard them," said a very disappointed Cowboys Coach Bill Muse. "We wanted to eliminate the three and we didn't do it."
The Mavericks finished with 11 three-point buckets with Demeree King leading the way with five. He finished with 20 points along with Tyrel Moran's 20.
"We just got our butt kicked from start-to-finish. It was a total lack of defense, competitiveness and effort.
"We didn't rebound and just wasn't ready to play. We came out lackadaisical and finished lackadaisical,"said Muse.
Connors never led in the game.
The closest the Cowboys came to the Mavericks was five points 31-26 with 5:17 remaining in the first half on four consecutive free throws by Daylon Tanksley, who finished with eight points and Isaiah Francis with 13, who each drained two free throws.
The largest Tonkawa lead was 31 points, 95-64 with two-minutes remaining. It was the worst Connors loss this season. Tonkawa won the earlier meeting 95-57 on the Mavericks home floor.
NOC-TONKAWA 100, CONNORS STATE 74
Connors State 34 40--74
NOC-Tonkawa (22-3, 8-3)—Morgan 20, King 20, Laderer 14, Graffals 13, Ray 9, Bankston 6, Tanner 6, Wilson 4, Grisby 4, Early 2, B. Tanner 2.
Connors State (19-7, 6-6)—Ealy 22, Francis 13, Cain 10, Riggs 8, Tanksley 8, Haydon 8, Cain 5.