Wiley upsets No. 10 Texas College, 74-72

Published on Thursday, 10 January 2013 23:07 - Written by Harold Wilson

MARSHALL — Put in a pinch with a short-handed bench, Texas College struggled to cinch up a late lead against an archrival littered with former Steers.

Ending the game minus three starters and a key reserve, Texas College failed to score over the final three-minutes plus and missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer to fall to Wiley 74-72 in a Red River Athletic Conference thriller Thursday at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Steers, who moved into a three-way tie for No. 10 in the most recent NAIA men’s basketball poll, played without starters Wendell Maye and Norman Stewart the entire way. Starting guard Jamal Robertson missed the final half for the Steers while Jhimetrious Cochran, a 6-9 senior reserve post, also watched in street clothes. 

Wiley coach Andre Payne, who held the same post at TC before relocating, received a game-high 18 points from Anthony Jackson in the upset. 

Wiley calmed down after falling behind three (72-69) on a breakaway bucket by Brandon Lee with 3:15 left. Wiley pulled within one on Jackson’s soft jumper in the lane and went ahead on a pair of free throws by DeAndre Smith with 1:14 left.

Jackson sunk a free throw with six seconds left, forcing TC to go the length of the court for the final possession. Lee inbounded to Micah Fisher, who passed to Eddren McCain. After getting to the left side of a Wiley defender, McCain attempted a 20-footer that bounced off the front of the rim.

Wiley ended a lengthy home losing streak to the Steers and head coach Marquet Norfleet, who played for Payne and later coached with him at Wiley after Payne left TC. Former Steers head coach Michael Vickertsaff also serves as an assistant on the Wiley staff, as well as former TC standout Jameus Hartsfield. 

“(Norfleet’s) bench guys, they played like true starters the entire game,” Payne said. “It may have been (until) about 1:30 seconds where they played like they weren’t used to that situation. That helped us in the end. We had guys comfortable with that situation.”

The Steers (13-3, 7-2) received a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds from Tyler’s Kerry Jones. Titus Stevenson finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a rare start for the Steers, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half.

The Steers surged ahead (48-47) four minutes into the second half with Jones’ baseline dunk early into the second half and never trailed again until Smith’s go-ahead free throws.

In the women’s game, Wiley wore down TC with its depth, getting scoring efforts from 11 different players in a 112-88 victory over the Lady Steers. 

Six Wiley women went for double digits, with Dariana Santos scoring a team-high 20 points, and Aliesha Carruthers and Danisha Shaw adding 15 points each.

Keyara Criner (25 points, 12 rebounds) and Shirley McGowen (24 points, 15 rebounds) filled the stat sheet in defeat for the Lady Steers.

TC returns home Saturday for a second consecutive rivalry match, against Jarvis Christian.

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Women

No. 20 Wiley 112, Texas College 88

TEXAS COLLEGE (2-13, 1-8)—Keyara Criner 6-11 13-19 25, Sekeya Roberson 3-7 2-2 8, Shirley McGowen 9-15 6-8 24, Amber Girdy 2-7 7-11 12, Jasmine Becks 3-5 1-1 9, Anissia Robinson 2-3 3-4 7, Lachelle Jones 1-5 1-6 3, Connie Espinas 0-1 0-0 0.

Totals 26-54 33-41 88.

WILEY (14-1, 8-0)—Aliesha Carruthers 6-11 2-2 15, Chinwendu Mbah 1-7 1-2 3, Danisha Shaw 6-16 2-2 15, Kayla Brown 3-8 3-4 9, Latika Smith 6-10 0-1 12, Kyniddia Purdy 5-8 3-3 13, Jean Spears 2-9 1-2 5, Dariana Santos 8-15 4-4 20, Jasmine Charles 2-5 0-0 4, Brittney Brown 3-5 0-0 6, Shante Hewins 4-7 0-0 10. Totals 46-101 16-20 112. Halftime-Wiley 58, TC 48. Three-Point Goals-TC 3-9 (Girdy 1-4, Becks 2-3, Jones 0-1, Espinas 0-1), Wiley 4-17 (Carruthers 1-3, Shaw 1-4, Brown 0-3, Santos 0-3, Hewins 2-4). Fouled out-Roberson, Brown, Smith. Rebounds-TC 40 (McGowen 15), Wiley 52 (Smith 9). Assists-TC 14 (Girdy 7), Wiley 23 (Smith 7). Total Fouls-TC 20, Wiley 33.

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Men

Wiley 74, No. 10 Texas College 72

TEXAS COLLEGE (13-3, 7-2)—Kerry Jones 8-17 3-6 19, Titus Stevenson 6-14 4-7 17, Brandon Lee 3-7 0-0 7, Eddren McCain 2-4 0-0 5, Jamal Robertson 3-8 0-0 6, Micah Fisher 1-1 1-2 3, Hakeem Poles 0-0 0-0 0, Sherrod Phillips 0-3 1-3 1, Blake Turner 1-3 0-0 2, Glen Williams 5-8 2-3 12. Totals 29-65 11-21 72. 

WILEY (10-5, 5-3)—Omar Travis 0-0 0-0 0, Erik Hunter 1-7 0-0 2, DeAndre Smith 1-2 4-4 6, Karlos Gary 4-9 2-4 10, Anthony Jackson 7-14 1-3 18, Dominic Jones 2-3 3-4 8, Vanderis Christie 1-6 1-3 3, Coree Price 1-5 7-8 9, Victor Leak 3-6 1-2 8, Cortavious Vaughn 0-2 0-0 0, Joshua wesley 3-5 2-6 8, Jamal Jackson 0-0 0-2 0, Tom Wamukota 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-60 21-36 74. 

Halftime-Wiley 44, TC 40. Three-Point Goals-TC 3-10 (Stevenson 1-2, Lee 1-2, McCai 1-2, Phillips 0-1, Turner 0-1), Wiley 5-18 (Hunter 0-6, Gary 0-1, Jackson 3-4, Jones 1-1, Christie 0-3, Price 0-1, Leak 1-2). Fouled out-Stevenson. Rebounds-TC 36 (Jones 10), Wiley 49 (Smith 10). Assists-TC 17 (Lee 5), Wiley 8 (Christie 4). Total Fouls-TC 24, Wiley 21.