Tahlequah Daily Press

November 24, 2012

RiverHawks fall flat at Tarleton State

NSU basketball roundup

From Staff reports

— STEPHENVILLE, Texas — It took until Jan. 28 of last season for the Northeastern State women’s basketball team to lose its second game of the season. This year, it only took five games.

The RiverHawks were ice cold while shooting the ball and dropped a 59-57 contest in front of 346 people at Wisdom Gym at Tarleton State on Saturday.

The RiverHawks, which had won three in a row, fell to 3-2. NSU went 19 games before picking up its second loss during the 2011-2012 campaign.

Tarleton State’s Peyton Adamson saw to it that NSU began a brief two-game road swing with a loss, thanks to her game-high 24 points on 7 of 14 shooting from the field. Eleven of Adamson’s field-goal attempts were from 3-point range, and she made six of them. She also connected on all four of her shots from the free-throw line.

NSU was led by Tosha Tyler, who had 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting.

Tyler, though, was the only RiverHawk with a high level of success while shooting the basketball. Without Tyler’s effort from the floor, NSU shot a measly 30 percent (12 of 43) on field-goal attempts and 4 of 17 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Taylor Lewis added 11 points for the RiverHawks and Katy Harsen chipped in with 10, but the duo went a combined 5 of 18 from the field.

Tarleton State (2-1), ranked 21st in the country, turned the ball over 20 times but managed to survive with 44.2 percent (19 of 43) shooting from the floor. The TexAnns were also 14 of 19 from the free-throw line and 7 of 15 (46.7 percent) on 3-point attempts.

The TexAnns also enjoyed a 37-30 rebounding margin, which helped lead to a 12-6 edge in second-chance points.

NSU, which never led in the game, trailed 36-24 at halftime. The RiverHawks did mange to tie the game at 40-all in the second half, but Tarleton State reclaimed the lead on one of Adamson’s 3-pointers.

After falling behind 57-48 with 6:02 to play, NSU managed to get back within a point (57-56) with 47 seconds left. However, the RiverHawks wouldn’t get any closer after Adamson knocked down two foul shots.

NSU’s Sarah Green made one free throw with two seconds left, but Tarleton State’s Brianna Bledsoe rebounded the miss on Green’s foul-shot attempt and the TexAnns managed to bleed away the rest of the clock.

NSU will continue on the road Wednesday night when it takes on No. 25 Drury in Springfield, Mo.

NSU men stay perfect

ALVA — Jermaine Bransford scored a career-high 31 points and Bryton Hobbs tossed in 23 points as the Northeastern State men’s basketball team remained unbeaten after polishing off Northwestern Oklahoma State, 83-77, at Percefull Fieldhouse on Saturday.

The RiverHawks (5-0) pulled off a season sweep of Northwest Oklahoma State due in large part to 58.7 percent (27 of 46) shooting from the floor and 24 of 26 (92.3 percent) on free-throw attempts. Bransford finished 10 of 15 from the field and 11 of 12 from the foul line, while Hobbs was perfect at the charity stripe (on eight attempts) and 7 of 9 from the floor.

The game featured eight ties and 10 lead changes.

The RiverHawks, though, led for good after the game was tied at 65-65 with 5:55 left. NSU went ahead on a jumper by Bransford, which sparked a 18-12 run for NSU to end the game.

Northwestern Oklahoma State was led by Daryl Glover’s 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Jonathan Freemyer contributed 21 points, and Marshell Bell chipped in with 13 off the bench.

NSU’s next game will be Thursday night at Harding at 7:30 p.m.