WARNER—Connors Cowboys behind the play of Jordan Graham and Caleb Riggs led the Bill Muse club to its 13th consecutive 20-win season with a stunning 73-65 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Northern Oklahoma-Enid Monday at Melvin Self Field House.
The victory gives the Cowboys a 20-8 season record and 7-7 conference record NOC-Enid falls to 14-13 and 5-8.
A couple of things help us tonight," said Muse. "We had excellent free throw shooting (14-of-20), and I thought Graham was really, really good tonight.
"That's what I expected from him all year long. And, Riggs came off the bench and made some good shots. He could have made more but they just didn't fall.
"We hung in there and found a way to win. We needed this bad," said Muse.
Cowboys will now have a week off to prepare for winless Redlands Community College on the road in El Reno on Feb. 24th then taking on league leader Murray State in the season finale at home.
"We have two games left and they are big," said Muse."They are placing and seeding for the Region II Tournament in March and for our confidence."
Graham led the Cowboys attack with 19 points; while Riggs came off the bench to score 15. Calen Haydon had 13 in the win.
Cowboys led 35-34 at the half and quickly found themselves behind to open the second half 43-35 as the Jets scored nine unanswered points.
The lead however was short lived for the Enid club as Connors came roaring back, scoring 13-unaswered points for a 50-43 lead with 13:51 remaining.
Enid tied the game at 53-all behind Rance Kendrick, who finished with 18 points, 11 in the second half.
A trey by Riggs, who had four in the game, put the Cowboys back on top 56-53 for good with 9:00 remaining.
Connors outscored the Jets 16-10 the remainder of the game to get the victory.
CONNORS STATE 73, NORTHERN OKLAHOMA-ENID 65
NOC-Enid 34 32--65
Connors State 35 38—73
NOC-En id (14-13, 5-8)—Kendrick 18,Okee 10, Stamps 8, O'Brien 7, Perkins 7, McDermott 5, Crutchfield 5, Luckey 3.
Connors State (20-8, 7-7)—J. Graham 19, Riggs 15, Haydon 13, Tanksley 8,Cain 7, Ealy 7, Francis 4.