GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Oklahoma State has its chance to be in the national-championship conversation.
All the Cowboys need now is a little help from Alabama.
Surviving a missed field goal at the end of regulation and getting a big kick of its own in overtime, No. 3 Oklahoma State opened the door for the chance at a split national championship with a wildly entertaining 41-38 win over No. 4 Stanford on Monday night.
The Lyon College basketball teams won and lost in out-of-state contests over the weekend.
In the Belhaven Holiday Classic in Jackson, Miss., the Scot women routed the Southern Arkansas Lady Muleriders 78-49.
In an exhibition game in Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday, the NCAA Division I Lamar Cardinals walloped the Scot men 102-58.
JONESBORO — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves withstood the charge they knew was coming and then claimed their second Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament Division I high school basketball championship with a 53-39 victory over the Bay Yellowjackets here Friday night.
Guard-circulation area high school teams went one for four on state championship opportunities, and it’s a tough call on which outcome was more surprising.
Led by senior Preston Harmon’s medal-winning even-par 73, the Izard County Cougars won their second straight Class 1A State Tournament in golf on Oct. 5, and they did it by defeating another circulation-area team they had lost to during the regular season.
Bring your resolutions and running shoes to this free New Year’s Day event, but leave your watches at home.
Sunday morning at 9, the New Year’s Day Resolution/Prediction Less than 4 Mile Fun Run/Walk is set to start in front of Merchants and Planters Bank on Main Street. It will finish at the same line, and trophies will be awarded to the male and female runners and walkers who finish closest to their predicted times.
Predictions will be taken from the runners and walkers who have not pre-registered, Ken McSpadden said, explaining why watches are not allowed.
FAYETTEVILLE — Rickey Scott’s Arkansas Christmas present didn’t stop at Christmas.
The gifted Razorbacks sophomore from Irving, Texas finally playing to potential with a career high 18 points in Arkansas’ 77-63 victory over Louisiana Tech the Dec. 22 last game before Christmas at Walton Arena, tallied a new career high 23 leading Arkansas to an 80-67 victory over the University of North Carolina’s Charlotte 49ers in Arkansas’ in Walton Arena.
PANGBURN — The Concord Pirates broke away here in the second half and posted a 65-42 victory over the Nemo Vista RedHawks in the semifinals of the Greers Ferry Lake Classic.
Concord led 31-21 at halftime.
Jacob Roark led the winners with 33 points. Teammate Ryan Cornelison added 10.
The Pirates improved to 19-3 and take on the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles tonight at 7:15 in the title game.
Mount Vernon-Enola and Rose Bud are slated to square off in the girls final at 6.
HARRISON — The Batesville Pioneers went 0-for-Harrison.
Thursday afternoon, the Prairie Grove Tigers held on for a 58-50 victory, handing the Pioneers their third loss in as many games in the Lendel Thomas Classic, an annual high school basketball event for boys.
Delton Rhodes led the winners with 24 points.
For Batesville, Tanner Ring and Garrett Denton scored 17 points apiece. Ring added four assists.
The Pioneers hit 16 of 32 shots from the field (two of eight 3-pointers) and hit just four of 13 free throws.
JACKSON, Miss. — The Lyon College women defeated LSU-Shreveport 73-66 here Thursday afternoon in the Belhaven Holiday Basketball Classic, and that result could show up in the next NAIA poll.
The LSUS Lady Pilots went into the game with a 6-3 record and receiving more votes than the Scots, though both are just out of the Top 25.
JONESBORO — If the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves add another tournament title to their unbeaten run, they’ll also bag a state champion.
Wednesday night, the T-wolves scored the first 12 points en route to a 56-35 decision over the Izard County Cougars in a semifinal of the NEA Tournament at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center.
In the nightcap, the Bay Yellowjackets routed the Marked Tree Indians 85-70.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ Rickey Scott might want to consider talking with his uncle, D.C., the night before every game.
Scott flourished for the second straight game on Wednesday night, setting another career high with 23 points in an 80-67 win over Charlotte (N.C.). The sophomore had a previous career-best 18 points in the Razorbacks’ last game against Louisiana Tech, breaking out of a recent shooting slump following a talk with his uncle in Georgia.
HARRISON — The Huntsville Eagles defeated the Batesville Pioneers 43-37 in a losers’ bracket semifinal of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Wednesday afternoon.
The Eagles led 21-13 at halftime. Blake Evans led the winners with 14 points.
For the 2-8 Pioneers, senior guard Tanner Ring recorded 11 points, nine blocked shots and six rebounds, and Jonathan Hendrix added 10 points.
The Pioneers hit 10 of 25 shots from the field (four of 11 3-pointers), four of 11 free throws and committed 11 turnovers.