MSC basketball teams go 1-1 on road versus EOSC and WOSC last week
The Murray State College women’s and men’s basketball teams continued conference play on the road last week with games versus Eastern Oklahoma State College February 4 and Western Oklahoma State College on February 7.
The Aggie women’s team began their game versus Eastern Oklahoma State by jumping out to an early first quarter lead and continuing to distance themselves from the Lady Mountaineers, to lead 39-34 at halftime. Eastern Oklahoma State College began the second half by cutting the deficit to two points by the end of the third quarter, but the Aggies were able to hold on late in the game to win 71-70. Murray State College was led in scoring by sophomores Maddie Jessepe with 19 points, Aaliyah Endsley with 17 points and Hailey Belvin with 15 points.
Later that evening, the Aggie men faced an Eastern Oklahoma State College team which came into the game undefeated on their home court and looking to rebound from a pair of conference losses on the road. The Aggies and Mountaineers each had several scoring runs in the first half, trading momentum and the lead throughout. At halftime, Murray State College led the game 49-45. The Mountaineers, who lead the NJCAA Div. 1 for the number of steals per game and rank second in points per game, were able to pull ahead of Murray State College shortly after halftime and then extend their lead late in the game to win 99-87. The Aggies were led in scoring by freshman Shem’mario Stephens with 26 points and sophomore Lloyd Daniels with 19 points. Freshmen Adam Nance and Karey McLeish also added 15 points each.
Both Murray State College teams then traveled to Altus to take on the Western Oklahoma State College Pioneers. The Lady Aggies fell behind early, but battled back to get within a few points several times in the first half, which ended with the Pioneers leading 41-30. In the end, the Lady Pioneers extended their halftime lead in the second half to defeat the Aggies 73-55. The Aggies were led in scoring by Jessepe with 17 points and seven rebounds and Endsley with 12 points. With the loss, Murray State College falls to three and seven in conference play.
The Aggie men entered their game with Western Oklahoma State College looking to get back in the win column by repeating their home victory over the Pioneers in early January. The game remained close through the first half, with the Aggies going into halftime with a 45-43 lead. The Aggies, who out rebounded the Pioneers 39-27 in the game, were able to expand their lead in the second half thanks again to Stephens and Daniels, who led Murray State with 19 and 18 points in the game. Freshman Adam Gouro also scored 10 points in 18 minutes of play to help propel the Aggies to a 83-74 win over the Pioneers.
Both Murray State College teams return home to Tishomingo February 11, to take on Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College before traveling to Seminole to take on Seminole State College on February 14.