Steers top Langston, stop four-game losing skid

Published on Thursday, 24 January 2013 23:49 - Written by Harold Wilson

 

Texas College broke its free fall by getting its fair share of free throws.

Jamal Robertson scored 26 points, including 16 from the charity stripe, and the Texas College Steers stopped a four-game slide with an 82-71 win over Langston University on Thursday at Gus F. Taylor Gymnasium.

The Steers attempted 54 free throws and held the lead for all but one minute to win their first game in 19 days after a roller-coaster start to the second semester. The Steers shot 56 percent from the line for the game and held Langston to a 33-percent shooting effort.

The unranked Steers rose to No. 10 in the nation before losing four games by a combined 14 points while battling eligibility and injury issues.

Blake Turner, a sophomore shooting guard and former Robert E. Lee standout, finished with a season-high 18 points for the Steers (14-6, 8-5 in RRAC).

The Steers stifled the Lions in the first half, limiting Langston to 23-percent shooting to build an 18-point lead. TC ended the first half on a 14-1 run, allowing the one point during a stoppage as the result of a technical for unsportsmanlike conduct following a made 3-pointer.

Langston trailed by 17 points with 7:45 left prior to pulling as close as four (74-70) with less than two minutes left on a driving layup by Emil Clayton, who led the Lions (8-12, 5-8) with 20 points.

The Steers bucketed the game’s final six points to avoid a collapse.

The touchy contest featured a combined 86 free throws and 61 fouls.

The foul play started before the contest even began, with TC leading 2-0 prior to the tipoff. Robertson sank two free throws following a technical called against Langston for dunking during pregame warm-ups.

Women

Amber Coleman exploded for 34 points and seven rebounds to lead Langston to a 64-54 win over Texas College in the women’s game.

The Lady Steers suffered their third straight defeat since snapping a five-game slide. The loss dropped the Lady Steers (3-16, 2-11) into last place in the RRAC and 1.5 games out of postseason contention.

The Lady Lions (7-11, 7-6) drifted away with a 15-0 run stretching into the second half.

Coleman went 15-for-21 from the field. Victoria Felix (10 points, 16 rebounds) helped Langston form a solid inside presence, with the Lady Lions winning the battle on the boards (48-38).

Shirley McGowen paced the Lady Steers with 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Texas College teams embark on a two-game road trip, starting with their longest trip of the conference season Saturday when they visit the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M. TC visits Texas Wesleyan on Monday in Fort Worth before returning home for two straight games on Saturday, Feb. 2 (Huston-Tillotson) and Monday, Feb. 4 (Our Lady of the Lake).

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Women

Langston 64, Texas College 54

LANGSTON (7-11, 7-6)—Amber Kinlaw 1-2 0-0 2, Reyven Osborone 0-1 0-0 0, Eliza Payne 0-1 0-0 0, Tayla Vaughn 2-8 0-4 4, Lexus Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Jasmyneq Randolph 0-5 6-6 6, Whitney Brown 4-8 0-0 8, Amber Coleman 15-21 4-9 34, Victoria Felix 4-12 2-3 10, Team 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 12-22 64.

TEXAS COLLEGE (3-16, 2-11)—Keyara Criner 4-7 0-0 8, Shirley McGowen 6-10 2-2 14, Ashli Smith 4-11 0-0 8, Amber Girdy 1-7 0-0 2, Jasmine Becks 0-3 0-0 0, Jessica Williams 3-8 2-4 8, Lachelle Jones 3-9 0-0 7, Connie Espinas 0-6 0-0 0, Sekeya Roberson 2-6 3-6 7, Renique Davis 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 23-71 7-12 54.

Halftime—LU 30, TC 25. 3-Point Goals—LU 0-8 (Vaughn 0-1, Randolph 0-2, Brown 0-2, Felix 0-3), TC 1-19 (Girdy 0-4, Becks 0-2, Jones 1-6, Espinas 0-6, Davis 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—LU 48 (Felix 16), TC 38 (McGowen, Davis 7). Assists—LU 14 (Vaughn 6), TC 9 (McGowen, Smith, Girdy, Roberson 2). Total Fouls—LU 15, TC 20. Next Up — Saturday: Langston at St. Thomas, Texas College at Southwest (N.M.).

Men

Texas College 82, Langston 71

LANGSTON (8-12, 5-8)—Emil Clayton 4-9 11-12 20, Joel Clarke 0-2 0-0 0, Chuck Saunders 2-9 0-0 4, David Harris 5-9 0-0 12, Travis Scott 4-6 1-7 9, Ed Brown 3-12 0-0 7, Bayshon Payne 5-13 1-2 11, Dylan Murrell 0-2 0-0 0, Joey Atkinson 0-2 0-2 0, Jabril Bailey 1-8 6-9 8. Totals 24-72 19-32 71.

TEXAS COLLEGE (14-6, 8-5)—Kerry Jones 2-9 3-5 7, Brandon Lee 2-3 4-11 8, Eddren McCain 2-5 3-7 8, Jamal Robertson 4-10 16-19 26, Blake Turner 7-13 2-2 18, Titus Stevenson 0-3 0-0 0, Hakeem Poles 0-2 1-5 1, Sherrod Phillips 0-1 0-0 0, Keith Dorsey 2-2 0-0 5, Glen Williams 4-9 1-5 9. Totals 23-57 30-54 82.

Halftime—TC 39, LU 21. 3-Point Goals—LU 4-18 (Clayton 1-2, Harris 2-2, Brown 1-6, Payne 0-7, Bailey 0-1), TC 6-16 (Lee 0-1, McCain 1-3, Robertson 2-3, Turner 2-6, Stevenson 0-2, Dorsey 1-1). Fouled out—Clarke, Harris, Scott, Jones, McCain. Rebounds—LU 57 (Scott 14), TC 41 (Williams 11). Assists—LU 6 (Payne 3), TC 12 (Robertson 4). Total Fouls—LU 35, TC 26. Technicals — Clarke, Saunders, Dorsey, Robertson. Next Up — Saturday: Langston at St. Thomas, Texas College at Southwest (N.M.).