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Howard splits with Odessa

February 21, 2012

Howard College’s Leon Cooper (11) guards Odessa College’s Jaamon Echols during their Western Junior College Athletic Conference game Monday in Odessa. (HERALD photo/Tony Claxton)

ODESSA — The Howard College men's basketball team apparently decided it had had enough last-minute drama for now.

The Hawks, who came into Monday's Western Junior College Athletic Conference game with Odessa fresh off two nail-biting wins, watched the Wranglers rally to take the lead with seven minutes remaining.

Rather than watch this game go down to the wire, however, the Hawks responded with a closing run that gave them a somewhat comfortable 69-59 victory at the OC Sports Center.

The win, their sixth straight in league play, improves the Hawks' record to 20-5 overall and 9-2 in the WJCAC. More importantly, it gives Howard a two-game cushion over New Mexico Junior College in the battle for second place in the conference.

OC fell to 21-6 overall, 6-5 in conference play with the loss.

Shavon Coleman led a trio of Hawks in double figures with 19 points (Jacob Thomas and Jerry Dixon added 14 and 11 points, respectively). For Odessa, Derrick Barden led all scorers with 22 points, while Matthew Hunter added 18.

The Hawks led most of the contest until Odessa rallied midway in the second half, claiming a 51-49 lead with a little more than seven minutes remaining.

But Coleman and Godfrey scored eight points between them to help Howard regain the lead and the Hawks were never headed after that.

Howard returns to action when they host WJCAC leader and No. 1-ranked South Plains at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in Garrett Coliseum.

HOWARD (69) — Jerry Dixon 4 2-2 11, Leon Cooper 1 1-1 3, Rico Richardson 2 2-3 7, Jacob Thomas 4 5-5 14, Calvin Godfrey 1 4-4 6, Phillip Miller 1 2-3 5, Shavon Coleman 8 1-3 19, Damion McGee 0 0-0 0, Marsalis Stewart 0 0-1 0, Chad Posthumus 2 0-0 4. Totals 23 17-22 69.

ODESSA (59) — Jaamon Echols 1 2-4 5, Derrick Barden 9 2-2 22, Jalondre McClanahan 1 3-6 5, Deonnte Breedlove 0 0-0 0, Kewyn Blain 2 0-0 4, Brandon Williams 2 1-2 5, Damal Donaldson 0 0-0 0, Matthew Hunter 5 6-10 18, Daniel Hield 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-24 59.

Halftime — Howard 34, Odessa 29. Three-point goals — Howard 6 (Dixon 1, Richardson 1, Thomas 1, Miller 1, Coleman 2), Odessa 5 (Echols 1, Barden 2, Hunter 2). Total fouls — Howard 17, Odessa 17. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Howard College: bench.

Women's game

The Odessa College Lady Wranglers set the tone early, racing to a double digit lead early in the second half en route to handing Howard its third straight conference loss Monday night.

Odessa jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first few minutes and were never threatened after that.

Zeslie Johnson and Kelli Merrick scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Hawks, who fell to 16-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play. Lauren Cotton-Berry scored 16 points and Caroline Adesulu 10 for Odessa (18-8, 7-3).

Howard returns to action Thursday when it hosts South Plains in a 5:45 game at Garrett Coliseum.

HOWARD (59) — Porsche Young 3 2-2 10, Kali Jerrell 3 2-2 8, Katlin Luscombe 0 0-0 0, Tori Tucker 1 0-0 2, Zeslie Johnson 5 4-4 14, Kelli Merrick 2 6-6 10, Marion Lemonnier 0 2-2 2, Carolyn Taylor 4 0-0 8, Brushea Daniels 0 1-4 1, Ja’Keyma Williams 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 17-20 59

ODESSA (75) — Jessica Lofton-Williams 0 0-0 0, Chanell Lockhart 4 1-2 9, Kristyn Wilson 0 0-0 0, Meagan Bell 2 0-0 6, Tina Bozicek 3 0-0 8, J’Tierra Brown 2 1-1 5, Angenay Williams 4 3-4 11, Jamie Drummer 5 0-0 10, Lauren Cotton-Berry 6 4-9 16, Tara Cioccia 0 0-0 0, Caroline Adesulu 5 0-1 10, Schuyler Carter 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 9-17 75.

Halftime — Odessa 43, Howard 29. Three-point goals — Howard 2 (Young 2), Odessa 4 (Bell 2, Bozicek 2). Total fouls — Howard 11, Odessa 15. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — None.

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