Shot down: No. 10 Steers drop second straight nail-biter

Published on Saturday, 12 January 2013 23:47 - Written by Harold Wilson

The Texas College offense disappeared, and Steer followers feared the school’s highest-ever national ranking will follow suit after another heartbreaking loss to an arch-rival.

The 10th-ranked Steers scored two points over the final seven minutes-plus to fall to Jarvis Christian College, 55-51, in a showdown between neighboring schools Saturday at a packed Gus F. Taylor Gymnasium.

Jarvis Christian completed a late comeback by scoring the final six points, the last four from the free throw line after tying it.

The Bulldogs (6-10, 4-6 in Red River Athletic Conference) smothered the Steers into a 27-percent shooting performance, and grabbed 27 offensive rebounds as Texas College dropped its second straight nail-biter.

E.J. Freeman fueled Jarvis Christian with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Marcus O’Key posted 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

The Steers (13-4, 7-3) hoped to bounce back from a two-point road loss at Wiley on Thursday, a contest Texas College played shorthanded with the absence of starters Wendell Maye and Norman Stewart and key reserve Jhirmetrius Cochran; and in the second half without leading scorer Jamal Robertson.

Maye and Stewart returned to action, though Robertson and Titus Stevenson, the team’s top scorer after the bench, watched while nursing injuries.

With more than 26 points gone from the lineup, the TC offense looked out of sync most of the day. The Steers bucketed a single field goal over the final 14 minutes of the first half, and trailed 31-21 at the break.

The Steers surged head with a 19-7 run to start the second half.

TC went ahead by five after Maye scored a three, and still led by four (49-45) after Maye made a field goal with 7:28 remaining. Kerry Jones accounted for TC’s only bucket from there, a strong move inside to put TC ahead 51-49.

Jarvis pulled even on Davis inside shot, and took to lead on a free throw by Tramaine Simmons.

With the possession arrow pointing in the Jarvis direction, Jade Allen tied up TC point guard Eddren McCain. Allen added two free throws with 20 seconds left to put Jarvis ahead 54-51. McCain missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer moments later.

Maye paced TC with 13 points, the only Steer finishing in double figures for a team with five players averaging more than 10 per game.

Women

Texas College controlled the second half and rolled to a 72-60 win over Jarvis.

Sekeya Robertson impacted the game on both ends, finishing with 18 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds as the Lady Steers (3-13, 2-8) captured their second conference win under first-year head coach Bo Bivens.

The Lady Bulldogs (0-13, 0-10) remained winless on the season after chasing the Lady Steers over the final 29:45. After the Lady Bulldogs evened the game at 17, the Lady Steers scooted away with a 13-0 run to break a 17-all tie. Amber Girdy (eight points, four steals) ignited the run with an assist on a trey by Connie Espinas, and the final six points.

Shirley McGowen (10 points, seven rebounds, four steals) and Ashli Smith (10 points, eight rebounds, two steals) also played big for the Lady Steers, who generated 23 steals on the day, and held the Lady Bulldogs to 26-percent shooting.

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Red River Athletic Conference

Women

Texas College 72, Jarvis Christian 60

JARVIS CHRISTIAN (0-13, 0-10)—Kendra Gilford 2-10 0-0 4, Porsche Gavin 0-6 4-5 4, Dinilesizwe Love 5-18 2-2 15, Jametira Green 2-4 0-2 4, Ashley Williams 0-0 1-2 1, Jasmine Dumas 0-1 0-0 0, Tiler Barnes 3-10 1-2 7, Ivory Russell 3-10 9-10 15, Ricquel Butler 1-6 1-2 4, Teriel Dixon 1-3 0-2 2, Breana Robinson 2-4 0-1 4. Totals 19-72 18-28 60.

TEXAS COLLEGE (3-13, 2-8)—Keyara Criner 0-3 1-2 1, Shirley McGowen 5-7 0-0 10, Ashli Smith 3-8 4-7 10, Anissia Robinson 2-5 2-2 6, Amber Girdy 2-4 4-8 8, Jasmine Becks 1-6 0-0 3, Jessica Williams 1-8 1-4 3, Lachelle Jones 0-2 2-2 2, Connie Espinas 3-4 1-2 9, Sekeya Roberson 8-19 2-6 18, Reniqua Davis 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-69 17-33 72.

Halftime—TC 39, JCC 30. Three-point goals—JCC 4-23 (Gavin 0-4, Love 3-13, Green 0-2, Butler 1-4), TC 3-13 (Criner 0-1, Smith 0-1, Girdy 0-1, Becks 1-4, Espinas 2-5, Roberson 0-1). Fouled out—Russell, Robinson, McGowen, Smith. Rebounds-JCC 50 (Russell 17), TC 56 (Smith, Roberson 8). Assists—JCC 12 (Love 4), TC 12 (Roberson 5). Total fouls—JCC 23, TC 28. Next up — Southwestern Assemblies at Jarvis, Saturday; St. Thomas Houston at Texas College, Saturday.

Men

Jarvis Christian 55, No. 10 Texas College 51

JARVIS CHRISTIAN (6-10, 4-6)— EJ Freeman 7-14 5-10 19, Mark Farmer 0-1 0-0 0, Jade Allen 0-9 2-2 2, Danny Sanders 1-2 0-0 2, Chris Davis 2-11 0-1 5, Joseph 3-13 2-3 8, Marcus O’Key 4-14 2-6 10, Tramaine Simmons 1-1 0-0 2, Dewayne Wade 1-1 0-0 2, Dennis Mosley 1-2 0-0 2, Andrew Jones 1-5 1-2 3, Jonathan Sharpless 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-74 12-24 55.

TEXAS COLLEGE (13-4, 7-3)—Kerry Jones 3-10 3-4 9, Eddren McCain 2-6 3-6 8, Micah Fisher 0-0 0-0 0, Wendell Maye 5-15 2-3 13, Hakeem Poles 0-2 0-0 0, Sherrod Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Norman Stewart 3-14 0-0 9, Brandon Lee 1-5 3-4 5, Blake Turner 1-3 0-1 2, Jhirmetrius Cochran 1-5 1-2 3, Glen Williams 1-1 0-0 2, Keith Dorsey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-62 12-20 51.

Halftime—JCC 31, TC 21. Three-point goals—JCC 1-12 (Allen 0-2, Davis 1-2, Joseph 0-4, Jones 0-3, Sharpless 0-1), TC 5-23 (Jones 0-1, McCain 1-5, Maye 1-4, Stewart 3-10, Lee 0-1, Turner 0-1, Dorsey 0-1). Fouled out—Maye. Rebounds—JCC 54 (O’Key 15), TC 46 (Jones 9). Assists—JCC 6 (Allen 3), TC 8 (McCain 3). Total fouls—JCC 17, TC 19. Next up — Southwestern Assemblies at Jarvis, Saturday; St. Thomas Houston at Texas College, Saturday.