WICHITA FALLS, Texas – The Rogers State men's basketball team scored the final eight points of the game to come out with a 68-60 victory over CSU-Pueblo on Saturday (Nov. 10) on the final day of the Jimmy Cleveland Nissan of Wichita Falls Conference Challenge.
The Hillcats went 1-1 during the opening weekend of the season in Wichita Falls and now come home for three straight games.
After the ThunderWolves tied the score at 60-60 with 3:44 remaining, RSU ended the game with an 8-0 run in the final 2:17 of the game to take the win. Tavian Davis scored the go-ahead basket with a layup at 2:17 for a 62-60 score.
The Cats forced the ThunderWolves into back-to-back turnovers and made two free throws to pull the lead out to 64-60 with 36 seconds left. After getting another stop, RSU put the game away with two free throws by Tate Turner with 13 seconds left for a 66-60 score. The Cats made their fourth straight stop on defense and ended the game with a dunk by Latrell Tidwell for the 68-60 final margin.
Going into the second half, the game was tied at 34-34 after an even first half. CSU-Pueblo tallied the first points of the second half, but RSU went on a 10-0 run to go up 44-36 with 16:52 left in the contest. Davis and Brewster Peacock combined for nine of the 10 points during the run.
The RSU margin was still eight points at 60-52 with 5:47 left; however, a quick 8-0 run by the ThunderWolves evened the score at 60-60 before the late Hillcat run.
Davis scored a team-high 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Peacock and Tidwell poured in 11 points, and Tidwell pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
In the second half, the Hillcats shot 48 percent (12-25) and finished at 42.4 percent (25-59) for the game.
The navy and red held CSU-Pueblo to 24.14 percent (7-29) shooting in the second half and the ThunderWolves finished at 36.2 percent (21-58) for the game. RSU's defense forced 19 turnovers.
Donovan Oldham of CSU-Pueblo went for a game-high 18 points as three ThunderWolves registered double figures in scoring.
The Hillcats play their home opener on Wednesday (Nov. 14) against in-state rival Northeastern State at 7:30 p.m. at the Claremore Expo Center. Coverage will be available on the Hillcat Network and 91.3 FM. The home game is the first of a three-game homestand for RSU.
For more information on RSU basketball, go to rsuhillcats.com.
MSU Texas 80, RSU 75
WICHITA FALLS, Texas – The Rogers State men's basketball team had a chance to tie the score with 18 seconds left, but the late layup was blocked, and host MSU Texas held on for an 80-75 victory on Friday (Nov. 9) to open the regular season.
With the Hillcats trailing 76-74, Jordan Johnson saw his layup attempt blocked by MSU's D'Monta Harris with 18 seconds left deserve MSU's slight edge. The Mustangs made free throws in the final seconds to hung on for the win.
The Cats rallied to have a chance after being down by nine points with 2:08 left. MSU took a 73-64 advantage on a dunk by Bishop Coulter for the nine-point edge.
Brewster Peacock and Tate Turner each hit two free throws to cut the deficit to five at 73-68 with 1:53 remaining.
After the Mustangs pushed the margin back to seven at 75-68, Tavian Davis knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to pull RSU to within one point at 75-74 with 34 seconds on the clock.
MSU split two free throws with 27 seconds left to give RSU the late opportunity to tie the score.
The Hillcats held a 13-point edge in the first half after a 13-0 run made it 21-8 midway through the first half. Chase Littlejohn hit two 3-pointers during the run and Latrell Tidwell added a three-point play.
MSU erased the deficit and led 37-31 at halftime.
Davis scored a game-high 16 points, one point off his career high. He added four rebounds and three assists. Turner, Littlejohn and Saint Hilaire each added 10 points. Johnson pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
RSU shot 39.3 percent (24-61) from the field in the game, while MSU finished at 39.6 percent (21-53) from the floor.