CAMDEN, Ark.—Connors State used double-figure scoring by five players to crush Southern University-Shreveport 89-71 in their season opener Friday in the Southern Arkansas University Tech Classic.
The victory was Cowboys head Coach Bill Muse's 650th to start his 28th season at the helm of the Connors program.
Connors (1-0) will next take on Cohoma (Miss.) Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday.
"Over all we played pretty well," said Muse. "We had balanced scoring and that's what you want.
"I think our defense was pretty solid against a very talented team," said Muse. "It's good to get a win in your opener after traveling for five hours to get here."
Sophomore point guard Callen Haydon led the Cowboys offensive assault with 18 points. Half of Haydon's points came on 3-point baskets as the El Reno native drained three in the first half. The Cowboys finished with six treys. Connors was 19-of-26 at the free throw line.
Muse was "impressed" with the play of Ealy. He also liked the play of Tanksley on the boards.
Cowboys trailed only one time in the game, 42-41 as the Jaguars opened the second half with a 7-0 run. Connors led at the half 41-35.
Connors regained the lead and went on to outscore the Jaguars 48-36 in the final 20 minutes.
Rayson Robinson and Latreavin Black led Southern Shreveport's scoring with 15 and 11 points respectively. Christavious Thomas added 10 points in the loss.
CONNORS STATE 89, SOUTHERN-SHREVEPORT 71
Connors State 41 48—89
S. Shreveport 35 36—71
Connors State (1-0)—Haydon 18, Ealy 17, Tanksley 16, Riggs 14, Cain 10, Graham 9, Kelly 4.
Southern-Shreveport (0-1)—Robinson 15, Black 11, Thomas 10, Williams 9, Vaughn 9, McDaniel4, Hills 3, Jones 2, Tucker 2, Dixon 2.