WEATHERFORD, Okla. – Baron Smith Jr. scored a career-high 30 points, including 25 points in the second half, as Rogers State men's basketball pulled away for a 97-77 win at Southwestern Oklahoma State on Tuesday (Nov. 21) at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center. The Hillcats won their fourth straight game and moved to 4-1 on the season.
Smith, a senior from LaGrange, Ga., totaled 25 points in the second half as he went 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 shooting from 3. For the game, Smith shot 8-of-12 and 5-of-7 from 3. He added four assists and four steals in only 26 minutes. The 30 points rank ninth all-time in the RSU record book.
The trio of Smith, Tate Turner and Saint Hilaire combined to score 65 points. Turner finished with 18 points, and Hilaire tallied 17 points.
The Cats were sizzling from the field at 59.6 percent (31-52) in the game. RSU lit it up from 3 at 63.2 percent (12-19), the sixth-best 3-point shooting percentage in RSU history.
RSU was on control for the majority of the contest and led for most of the 40 minutes. SWOSU only held leads of two points twice in the early going of the game.
After having a 40-35 edge at halftime, the Hillcats pulled away in the second half for the 97-77 win. With 4:42 left, the navy and red took an eight-point edge at 77-69 and upped the margin to 19 points at 88-69 with an 11-0 run over two and a half minutes.
Gage Loy capped the spurt with a 3 from the top of the key for the 19-point advantage. RSU led by as many as 22 points in the final moments of the contest.
Charles Beauregard led the Bulldogs with 24 points and a game-high five assists. Devin Pugh added 12 points, and Justin King went for 11 points.
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