Steers stay perfect in league play with 94-71 win

Published on Saturday, 8 December 2012 23:16 - Written by Harold Wilson

Texas College offered their latest case for cracking the NAIA Top 25, leading from wire-to-wire against the University of the Southwest and remaining on fire in the Red River Athletic Conference.

Jamal Robertson paved the way with 19 points and the Steers stayed unbeaten in league play with a 94-71 win on Saturday at Gus F. Taylor Gymnasium.

Behind the trio of Keyara Criner, Sekeya Roberson and Ashli Smith, the Lady Steers stopped a five-game losing slide with a 97-77 victory over Southwest for their first conference win.

The Lady Steers (2-8, 1-3 in RRAC) scored the first 11 points of the second half after going into the intermission deadlocked.

Criner netted 20 points and eight rebounds, Roberson recorded 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and Smith posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Steers (9-1, 4-0) won for the seventh straight time. Wendell Maye tossed in 16 points and Kerry Jones contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Steers sped up the pace, scoring 34 fastbreak points. TC added 20 points off turnovers.

TC entered the game two spots out the men’s poll, and fresh off a 13-point win at No. 20 Southwestern Assemblies of God earlier in the week. The new rankings come out Monday, the day the conference-leading Steers play host to No. 11 Texas Wesleyan.

“We’re just going about it business-as-usual and let it handle itself,” Steers coach Marquet Norfleet said regarding the rankings. “We’re just trying to adapt to underdog mentality. We’re going to play hard if we’re No. 1 or 100. That’s our main objective.”

The Steers started their game red-hot with the first 13 points. Jones raced from behind for a blocked shot, and Jamal Robertson canned a trey on the other end to complete the spurt.

“We preached all day about trying to make this a complete game,” Norfleet said. “We have a big one with Texas Wesleyan coming to Tyler Monday. We wanted to play well in all aspects, set a tone and let everyone know.”

TC carried the same 13-point lead into the break, an advantage trimmed to one (52-51) on a putback by Jonathan Williams with 15:14 remaining. The Steers scored the next eight points to regain control after a long jumper from Michael Fisher, a fastbreak bucket by Robertson, a strong inside move from Eddren McCain, and a finish at the rim by Jones.

The Steers stretched their lead to 17 points after holding the New Mexico team scoreless for 4:39, using Robertson’s trey, a Maye layup in transition, and two makes inside by Jhirmetrius Cochran for a 78-61 cushion.

“We allowed them to get back in game, and then we were right back up,” said Norfleet, whose team forced 28 turnovers. “It’s not our scoring that’s going to win, it’s our defensive effort. When we play defense we’re a good team.”

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Women

Texas College 97, University of the Southwest (N.M.) 77

SOUTHWEST (3-8, 0-3)—Brittany Martinez 1-4 1-2 3, Destine Thomas 0-4 0-2 0, LaTeasha Shelton 0-9 1-2 1, Ni’Kendra Sylvester 7-18 12-16 30, Kayla Jenkins 2-4 2-2 6, Johnelle Kapua 3-6 2-2 9, Anika Hostos 9-31 5-6 27, Kim Russell 0-0 1-5 1. Totals 22-76 24-37 77.

TEXAS COLLEGE (2-8, 1-3)— Keyara Criner 5-12 10-14 20, Amber Girdy 4-7 2-4 10, Shirley McGowen 2-8 1-2 5, Sekeya Roberson 7-11 5-10 19, Ashli Smith 8-11 2-4 18, Jasmine Becks 4-11 0-0 8, Denise Duplechin 2-6 0-0 4, Connie Espinas 3-11 2-2 10, Anissia Robinson 1-6 1-3 3. Totals 36-83 21-35 97.

THREE POINT GOALS — USW 9-36 (Martinez 0-2, Thomas 0-2, Sylvester 4-12, Kapua 1-3, Hostos 4-17), TC 4-16 (Girdy 2-4, McGowen 0-1, Becks 0-4, Duplechin 0-2, Espinas 2-5). Rebounds—USW 51 (Hostos 12), TC 67 (Smith 11). Assists—USW 16 (Sylvester 5, Kapua 5), TC 18 (Roberson 6). Total Fouls—USW 19, TC 23.

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Men

Texas College 94, University of the Southwest (N.M.) 71

SOUTHWEST (3-4, 0-3)—Kendall Smith-Rodriguez 3-4 1-2 7, Curtis Thompson 2-7 2-2 6, Ivan Vicencio 1-2 0-0 2, Michael Russell 0-2 2-2 2, Adrian Ortegon 0-0 0-0 0, Hector Aguilar 2-6 1-2 6, Nolen Snyder 0-2 0-0 0, Clarence Rivas 8-16 0-0 18, Josh Quintero 6-9 0-1 12, Tyrone Dobbins 4-7 0-0 8, Brandon McKnight 1-1 0-0 2, Jonathan Williams 3-5 2-2 8. Totals 30-61 8-11 71.

TEXAS COLLEGE (9-1, 4-0)—Kerry Jones 3-7 6-9 12, Wendell Maye 6-7 4-5 16, Eddren McCain 3-3 0-0 6, Jamal Robertson 7-11 2-2 19, Norman Stewart 5-9 3-4 14, Jhimetrius Cochran 1-5 3-4 5, Michael Fisher 2-3 0-0 4, Brandon Lee 2-5 1-2 5, Sherrod Phillips 0-2 0-0 0, Hakeem Poles 0-0 0-0 0, Titus Stevenson 1-5 7-8 9, Glenn Williams 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 32-59 26-34 94.

Halftime—TC 50, USW 37. 3-Point Goals—USW 3-23 (Thompson 0-3, Vicencio 0-1, Aguilar 1-5, Snyder 0-2, Rivas 2-9, Dobbins 0-2, Williams 0-1), TC 4-9 (Jones 0-1, Maye 0-1, Robertson 3-3, Stewart 1-3, Lee 0-1). Rebounds—USW 30 (Williams 7), TC 35 (Cochran 9). Assists—USW 7 (Rivas 4), TC 15 (McCain 4). Total Fouls—USW 24, TC 16.