Sterling hands Friends its first KCAC loss

01/19/2014 9:36 AM

01/19/2014 9:37 AM

Braden Thompson scored 32 points to help Sterling beat Friends 91-87 of Saturday night in Sterling, the Falcons’ first conference loss of the season.

Friends led 45-35 at halftime, but Sterling shot 61 percent in the second half. Thompson hit five three-pointers, and Eddie Adesodun made all 15 of his free-throw attempts and finished with 26 points for Sterling (14-5, 6-2 KCAC).

Joe Mitchell had 44 points and nine rebounds for Friends (16-3, 7-1), and Zach NElson scored 16 points.

FRIENDS (16-3): Nelson 6-14 0-0 16, Mitchell 12-23 17-17 44, Johnson 1-1 0-0 3, Simmonds 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 0-2 1-2 1, Williams 3-4 0-0 9, Sponsel 0-0 0-0 0, White 3-6 3-7 9, Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, Durham 1-3 0-1 3, Rausch 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-58 (12-27) 21-27 87.

STERLING (14-5): Adesodun 4-6 15-15 26, Alexander 3-9 0-0 7, Oyatayo 0-0 0-0 0, Green 1-2 0-0 2, Peters 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 10-16 7-12 32, Givens 3-9 5-5 13, Eubanks 0-0 0-0 0, Swank 1-4 1-4 4, Ray 1-2 0-0 2, Dower 1-2 0-0 2, Starks 1-1 1-4 3. Totals 25-51 (12-27) 29-40 91.

Halftime – Friends 45, Sterling 35. 3’s – Friends 12-27 (Nelson 4-8, Mitchell 3-8, Johnson 1-1, Wilsosn 0-1, Williams 3-4, Durham 1-2, Rausch 0-3), Sterling 12-27 (Adesodun 3-4, Alexander 1-3, Thompson 5-10, Givens 2-6, Swank 1-4). Rebounds – Friends 38 (Mitchell 9), Sterling 29 (Alexander 6). Assists – Friends 9 (Mitchell 5), Sterling 12 (Adesodun and Swank 4 apiece).

Friends women 72, Sterling 55 — Kayla Mollere and Sarah Munds scored 19 points apiece as the Falcons won their ninth straight. Shann Sellers added 12 — 10 in the first half — as Friends improved to 16-4, 7-1 in the KCAC.

FRIENDS (16-4): Sanders 2-3 0-0 4, Sellers 6-7 0-0 12, Atherton 0-1 0-0 0, Killman 0-0 0-0 0, Ptacek 3-5 2-3 8, Ashworth 0-1 0-0 0, Justice 1-7 0-0 3, Steffenson 3-5 0-0 7, Munds 7-10 2-2 19, Mollere 8-12 3-6 19, Ford 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-52 (5-13) 7-11 72.

STERLING (6-12): Faul 3-12 4-5 13, Branch 2-4 0-0 4, Brickell 0-0 0-0 0, Waters 2-4 2-3 6, Davis 2-3 1-2 5, Santos 2-6 0-0 5, Lucas 4-5 3-3 11, Strobel 1-11 3-4 6, Sullen 0-0 0-0 0, Dauer 2-8 1-1 5. Totals 18-53 (5-15) 14-18 55.

Halftime – Friends 44, Sterling 28. 3’s – Friends 5-13 (Ptacek 0-1, Justice 1-6, Steffenson 1-1, Munds 3-5), Sterling 5-15 (Faul 3-6, Branch 0-1, Santos 1-4, Strobel 1-4). Rebounds – Friends 35 (Mollere 7), Sterling 27 (Dauer 6). Assists – Friends 12 (Sellers 4), Sterling 10 (Strobel 4).

OCC men 85, Newman 76 — Oklahoma Christian overcame a 23-point, 10-rebound game by Newman’s Jeremy Espinoza and handed the Jets in Oklahoma City.

Newman (5-11, 2-6) shot 27.6 percent from the field and trailed 49-27 at the break. The Jets warmed up in the second half (53.1 percent) to outscore the hosts 49-36.

Elhad Emerllahu added 13 points and six rebounds for Newman.

OCC (7-8, 3-4) hit 45 percent from the field and connected on 16 of 18 free throws.

NEWMAN (5-11, 2-6): McCarthy 4-9 0-0 11, Smith 1-1 2-2 4, Cuyler 4-8 1-2 10, Espinoza 5-13 12-14 23, Beck 3-9 0-0 8, Riddle 1-3 0-0 3, Emerllahu 6-10 0-0 13, Pyle 0-5 2-2 2, Waldron 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 25-61 (9-26) 17-20 76.

OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN (7-8, 3-4): Talley 3-9 9-10 15, Faurot 1-4 0-0 2, Tate 7-10 2-2 20, Shelton 6-9 0-0 14, Moon 5-7 3-4 13, Covalt 0-2 0-0 0, Rutherford 3-9 2-2 9, Norris 1-1 0-0 3, VanDeKop 4-8 0-0 9. Totals 30-59 (9-20) 16-18 85.

Halftime — OCC 49, NU 27. 3s — NU 9-26 (McCarthy 3, Beck 2, Cuyler, Espinoza, Riddle, Emerllahu), OCC 9-20 (Tate 4, Shelton 2, Rutherford, Norris, VanDeKop). Rebounds — NU 28 (Espinoza 10), OCC 38 (VanDeKop 11). Assists — NU 14 (McCarthy, Smith 4), OCC 15 (Talley 7). A — 400.

OCC women 62, Newman 56 — Newman jumped to a 35-27 hallftime lead but went cold in the second half (27.6 percent from the field).

Alexandra Ciabattoni paced the Jets in scoring with 17 while Shekeira Copeland added 13.

NEWMAN (9-8, 6-5): Tjaden 1-4 0-0 2, Caldwell 1-2 0-0 3, Ciabattoni 6-14 5-6 17, Banks 3-9 0-0 8, Copeland 5-12 3-5 13, Ramsay 1-1 0-0 2, Ledoux 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Ramelb 0-1 2-2 2, Raynor 3-12 0-0 9, John 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 (6-18) 10-13 56.

OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN (8-7, 4-4): Gade 3-8 2-2 9, Hill 1-6 2-2 4, Stanford 8-17 0-3 19, Stevens 2-4 3-4 9, Hamilton 3-7 1-2 7, Hinton 1-5 0-0 2, McKee 3-6 0-0 8, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Wayne 1-2 2-2 4, Gorham 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 (8-25) 10-15 62.

Halftime — NU 35, OCC 27. 3s — NU 6-18 (Raynor 3, Banks 2, Caldwell), OCC 8-25 (Stanford 3, Stevens 2, McKee 2, Gade). Rebounds — NU 33 (Banks 9), OCC 41 (Stevens 10). Assists — NU 12 (Tjaden 5), OCC 18 (Hill 5). A — 250.

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