Picture perfect: Steers stay unbeaten in RRAC


Texas College perfected its Red River Conference act furthermore.

Showing off its depth, TC played reserves most of the night and cruised to an 83-64 win over Bacone (Okla.) Thursday at Gus F. Taylor Gymnasium.

The 24th-ranked Steers, who debuted in the NAIA poll on Tuesday, upped their record in the Red River Athletic Conference to 6-0 with the victory. The Steers (11-1) won for the ninth straight time, trailing a total of 41 seconds after giving up an opening bucket.

“We wanted to try to play well and not have any letdowns because Bacone can be dangerous,” Steers head coach Marquet Norfleet said. “We wanted to put some pressure on them and extend the lead.”

The Lady Steers carried a two-point lead into the break before being passed up in an 83-72 loss to Bacone. Only seven players logged minutes for the short-handed Lady Steers (2-10, 1-5), who failed to follow up their first conference win earlier in the week over the University of the Southwest.

Keyara Criner topped the Lady Steers with 26 points, going 14-for-14 at the free throw line.

Five players produced double figures in the win for the Steers, led by 14 points off the bench from Titus Stevenson.

TC’s non-starters accounted for 37 points on the night, including eight points from guard Micah Fisher and a team-high five assists from guard Sherrod Phillips.

Jamal Robertson, the Steers’ second-leading scorer, dressed but never played. Wendell Maye, TC’s leading scorer, watched the final 30 minutes after he sparked the Steers’ fast start.

Maye (eight points, two steals) scored on a three-point play off a steal from Phillips, and moments later Norman Stewart swiped a pass and found Maye for a 3-pointer to extend TC’s lead to 25-9.

Kerry Jones (12 points, five rebounds), Stewart (11 points, six rebounds) and Brandon Lee (11 points) rounded out the Steers in double figures.

The Steers caused 34 turnovers and held Bacone to 36 percent shooting. Bacone shot 11 percent from 3-point range against the Steers.

The Steers scored 18 points in transition, including 14 in the first half while building an 18-point lead. TC’s lead peaked at 26 points in the second half.

“We’ve been concentrating on defense and we wanted to get that going,” Norfleet added. “We created a lot of turnovers with our press. I was pleased with that. We’re at out our best when we get in transition.”

The Steers finish out the fall semester on the road with games Saturday at Huston-Tillotson in Austin, followed by a contest at Our Lady of the Lake on Monday in San Antonio.

“It’s so tight up top, so we know in this stretch will be big for us so we can go into the break (on a good note),” Norfleet said. “Hopefully we can sweep this trip. The key to being successful is to win on the road.”

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Red River Athletic Conference

Men

Texas College 83, Bacone 64

BACONE (2-9,0-5 in RRAC)—Roland Barbaza 1-4 2-2 5, Kwame Bates 5-11 1-5 12, Norwood Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Brett Palmer 0-0 0-0 0, Deantre Harlan 3-8 0-0 6, Irving Levine 1-6 2-2 4, Alex Wilson 0-4 0-0 0, Charles Gordon 1-5 2-3 4, Landon Smoote 1-2 2-2 4, Alex Stanley 3-6 0-1 6, Creed Flowesr 3-4 1-1 7, Quinten Rose 2-8 0-1 4, Christian Smith 3-5 6-9 12. Totals 23-63 16-26 64.

TEXAS COLLEGE (11-1, 6-0)—Kerry Jones 4-10 4-4 12, Norman Stewart 5-11 0-0 11, Brandon Lee 5-9 0-1 11, Eddren McCain 3-5 6-8 12, Wendell Maye 3-6 1-1 8, Micah Fisher 3-7 2-2 8, Titus Stevenson 6-13 2-2 14, Hakeem Poles 1-1 0-0 2, Sherrod Phillips 1-1 0-0 3, Jhimetrious Cochran 1-4 0-0 2, Glen Williams 0-4 0-2 0. Totals 32-71 15-20 83.

Halftime—TC 40, Bacone 27. 3-Point Goals—BC 2-17 (Barbaza 1-3, Bates 1-4, Harlan 0-2, Levine 0-3, Rose 0-4, Smith 0-1), TC 4-9 (Jones 0-1, Stewart 1-3, Le 1-2, McCain 0-1, Maye 1-1, Phillips 1-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Bacone 45 (Stanley 10), TC 42 (McCain 10). Assists—Bacone 6 (Bates, Harlan 2), TC 15 (Phillips 5). Total fouls—Bacone 17, TC 21. Technicals—Bates, Cochran, Poles.

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Women

Bacone 83, Texas College 72

BACONE (3-6, 2-3)—Myriah Hadnot 4-8 1-5 9, Kyna Lewis 3-8 2-6 8, Emily Lovell 7-14 3-3 17, Destinee Duncan 5-12 1-1 13, Jazz’mere Robinson 0-3 0-0 0, Ashley Jenkins 5-10 0-0 10, Cassie Powell 0-0 0-0 0, Gabriela Canell 0-0 0-0 0, Shae Knabe 2-4 1-1 6, Danielle Reed 2-8 2-2 6, Danielle Burgess 0-1 0-0 0, Kayla Denton 2-6 1-1 6, Casey Lovell 0-0 0-0 0, Breanna Byers 2-6 1-2 5, Ty’Kejah Hall 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 33-83 13-23 83.

TEXAS COLLEGE (2-10, 1-5)—Keyara Criner 6-14 14-14 26, Anissia Robinson 1-2 1-2 3, Amber Girdy 3-5 3-5 10, Connie Espinas 3-13 0-0 9, Sekeya Roberson 8-17 4-7 20, Denise Duplechin 1-6 0-0 2, Jasmine Becks 1-8 0-0 2. Totals 23-65 22-28 72.

Halftime—TC 39, Bacone 37. 3-Point Goals—Bacone 4-16 (Hadnot 0-1, Lovell 0-1, Duncan 2-6, Knabe 1-3, Burgess 0-1, Denton 1-4), TC 4-18 (Girdy 1-3, Espinas 3-10, Roberson 0-1, Duplechin 0-2, Becks 0-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Bacone 64 (Lewis 13), TC 36 (Robinso, Duplechiin 7). Assists—Bacone 19 (Duncan, robins, Reed, 4), TC 11 (Girdy 4). Total Fouls—Bacone 17, TC 19.