MIAMI, Okla—Northeastern A&M point-guard Rudi Williams proved why he is the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference's top player.
The sophomore point-guard riddled the Connors State defense for 25 points and along with his dazzling ball handling led the Norsemen to a 92-83 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory Monday night before a packed field house.
"We knew he (Williams) was a great player," said Connors coach Bill Muse. "There is no doubt he's the best player in the league. He showed it again tonight."
The loss dropped the Cowboys to 19-8 on the year and 6-7 in league play. NEO improves to 11-1 and 19-6.
Joining Williams scoring for NEO was Kalil Camara with 19, James Franklin 14 and Samkelo Cele adding 11.
Muse was disappointed in the Cowboys' defensive effort against the Norsemen.
"We didn't guard anybody tonight, "said Muse."We can't play defense. That's the problem. Our defense is absolutely horrible," said a dejected Muse.
Cowboys trailed 47-41 at the half, holding the lead three times early in the contest, their largest five points, and 20-15 with 12:42 remaining in the half.
However, the Norse surged to a 10-point margin 34-24 lead at the 9:11 mark. NEO stretched it to 15 points 46-31 with 4:03 remaining scoring 10 unanswered points.
Connors battled back to within three points 47-44 on a Tanksley bucket to open the second half.
NEO then surged to a 12-point lead behind Williams, 67-55 with 9:52 remaining. Cowboys battled back to within two points 68-66 with 6:13 left on a bucket by Callen Haydon, who finished with only five points.
That was as close as the Cowboys would get as they never lead in the final 20 minutes. NEO led by as many 13 points over the final five minutes of play.
NORTHEASTERN A &M 92, CONNORS STATE 83
Connors State 42 41--83
Northeastern A&M 47 45—92
Connors State (19-8, 6-7)—Tanksley 21, Ealy 17, J. Graham 16, Riggs 11, Cain 11, Haydon 5, Francis 2.
Northeastern A&M (19-6, 11-1)—Williams 25, Camara 19, Franklin 14, Cele 11, Gonzales 8, Graves 8, Knstantynovski 4, Collins 3.