Seminole State’s Killven Samuel notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but it was for naught as the Trojans bowed out of the NJCAA Region II Tournament with a first-round, 77-58 loss to Connors State Wednesday night at Oklahoma Baptist University’s Noble Complex.
The game was close at the half, with the Cowboys leading just 35-32, but CSC pulled away with a 42-26 second half to secure a spot in the semifinals.
The Trojans held an early lead, but lackluster shooting haunted them as the night progressed. SSC finished at just 29.9 percent (20-for-67) from the field, and 40 percent (12-for-30) on free throws. The Trojans hit six of 20 attempts from 3-point range, with half of those (3-for-6) coming from JoVaughn Love.
Love was SSC’s only other double-digit player with 12 points on the night.
Four Cowboys got into double figures, with Josh Cameron leading all scorers on the night with 24. Jamarcu Weatherspoon added 14, and Hakeem Harris came away with 11. CSC’s Denell Henderson picked up a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards, and teammate Willie Atwood finished with seven points and 10 boards.
Connors State fared a little better in the shooting department with a 19-for-59 (32.2 percent) effort from the field and a 36-for-47 (76.6 percent) effort on charities. The Cowboys were 3-for-15 (20 percent) from long range.
The two teams combined for just three assists, and CSC won the rebound battle, 57-48. The Trojans turned the ball over 11 times to nine for the Cowboys.
Seminole State reached the tournament by way of a play-in win Monday over Carl Albert. The Trojans end the season at 11-19.
The Cowboys move into a 1 p.m. matchup Friday against NOC-Enid. NOC-Enid edged Western Oklahoma State 72-70 in the first round Wednesday.
NOC-Enid got a team-high 22 points from Dalen Qualls in that game, and another 19 from Jeremy Espinoza. Phillip Brown supplied 10.
Stirling Thomas of WOSC notched a game-high 27 points. Dii’jon Allen-Jordan finished with 15, and Pioneer Jalen Chapman netted 10.
WOSC was down 40-35 at the half.
In other first-round games Wednesday, Northeastern topped Murray State 67-55 behind Jeff Newberry’s game-high 20 points. Ja’mill Powell added 19, and Frederico Santos finished with 17.
Gary Inglett led MSC with 17, and teammates Tim Smallwood and Dvonte Davis added 15 and 10, respectively.
NEO led 27-21 at halftime.
Page 2 of 2 - Eastern Oklahoma State topped NOC-Tonkawa Wednesday by a 76-68 count, despite trailing 32-31 at intermission. Eastern got a game-high 19 points from Rod Lewis, and a dozen points from Iman Johnson.
NOC-Tonkawa had four players reach double digits, led by Phillip Leonard’s 18. Colin Voss and Dareon Jones notched 15 each, and Cortez Colbert came away with 14.
NEO and Eastern will square off at 3 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. The winner of that game will face the Connors State and NOC-Enid winner at 6 p.m. Saturday for the tournament crown.
Women’s games will start today at the Noble Complex, beginning with Murray State versus Carl Albert at 1 p.m. NEO and Arkansas Baptist will face off at 3 p.m., and NOC-Enid and NOC-Tonkawa will square off at 6 p.m.
Seminole State’s Belles will round out the day’s competition with an 8 p.m. tip against Redlands.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.