WARNER- Gavin Harris dropped in a 3-pointer with 18 seconds to play as the Connors State Cowboys rallied from 18 points down in the second half to score a 69-68 win over Northern Oklahoma College- Enid in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play Saturday at Melvin Slef Field-House.
Connors trailed the entire game and was down 40-28 at the half thanks in part to a 3-of-9 free throw shooting performance. But Cowboys coach Bill Muse challenged his troops in the locker room.
"We've struggled at home the last few games and we talked about that. I think we played better defense and made better decisions most of the second half. This was a big win for us." Muse said.
Trailing 53-35 five minutes into the second half, Connors outscored the Jets 18-5 over the next seven minutes to make it 58-53.
The margin remained five points until Jarquavious Cain, who scored 16 og his game-high 26 points in the second half, completed an old-fashion three-point play to make it 66-64 and then hit another bucket seconds later to tie the game with 1:12 left.
Northern hit two-of-four free throws over the next minute before Harris' dramatic trey and the Cowboy defense turned away the Jets at the end.
Connors' other go-to sophomore, Jahcoree Ealy, had 17 points, 13 in the second half, before fouling out with 7:29 to go and Harris added 12 as the Cowboys improved to 12-4 on the season and 8-4 in Conference play. Northern (10-4, 8-3) was led by Ikenna Okeke with 13 points.
The same two teams will matchup again on Monday Night in Enid, Oklahoma inside the Mabee Center with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.