WARNER — Connors State Cowboys used a 20-point first half effort by freshman Jordan Tillmon to stay in the game before pulling away in the second half for a 93-74 win over the University of Arkansas-Cossatot Thursday night at Melvin Self Fieldhouse.
Leading scorer Jahcoree Ealy sat out the game serving a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules. The Cowboys' other veteran player, forward Jarquavious Cain drew two quick fouls and sat out a good part of the half.
It wasn't until Brandon Taylor hit a three-pointer with nine minutes left in the half that Connors took its first lead at 18-17. The rest of the half was a see-saw affair until Tulsa Edison product Mason Alexander hit a bucket at the horn to give the Cowboys a 39-35 advantage.
"We made some adjustments at the half and having Cain back out there was important for us," CSC coach Bill Muse said. "Tillmon carried us in that first half. He gets to the rim and practices hard every day and he's got a good future ahead of him as he learns the college game."
The Cowboys (3-0) had four players in double figures for the game led by Cain's 23 followed by Tillmon with 22, Harris with 19 and Alexander with 15 points.