ABILENE, Texas – Five players scored in double figures as McMurry University raced past Oklahoma Panhandle State University 96-82 Saturday afternoon in Heartland Conference action at Kimbrell Arena.
With the win the War Hawks improve to 2-0 in conference play and are in a four-way tie for first place.
McM scorched the nets in the first half and shot 61 percent (22-for-36) from the field, while holding OPSU (0-10, 0-2 HC) to 34 percent (11-for-32) from the floor. The War Hawks went into the break with a 52-37 advantage, however, the Aggies erased the War Hawks lead and fought back.
Zilijan Jones's bucket at 6:29 in the second stanza brought OPSU to within 74-70, but Brandon Golden quickly countered with a 3-pointer and McM finished the game on a 22-12 run to clinch the win.
"Offensively Brandon (Golden) has been huge for us on offense all year," McM head coach Clif Carroll said after the game. "That bucket was huge for us because it stopped their momentum and allowed us to regain control of the game."
Connor Robinson (Austin, Texas/Bowie HS) scored 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, and hauled in 13 rebounds to complete the double-double.
Alfred Perez (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins HS) recorded a team-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Alex Lewis (Converse, Texas/Temple College) helped out with 16 points – and was 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Will Adams (Philadelphia, Pa./Baltimore CC) added 10 points and Golden (Austin,Texas/Coastal Bend College) dropped in 10 points.
As a team McM recorded 25 assists, compared to 10 for OPSU.
Jeremy Newton scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Aggies.
The War Hawks (6-4, 2-0 HC) return to action Jan. 1 and play host to Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. Tip is set for 4 p.m.