OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - It went down to the wire between the Langston Lions and Oklahoma City University but ultimately the Stars managed to squeak out a 90-86 victory on Tuesday night, Nov. 22 at Abe Lemons Arena.
Inside the Lions' Den …
The Lions started off slow, eventually trailing by nine at 20-11 at the 12:23 mark in the first half. Langston wilted that down to three points following two free throws by Daryle Morgan, Jr. to make it 22-19 in favor of the Stars.
OCU turned the tide and closed strong to lead 47-37 at halftime.
In the second half the Stars lead swelled to 16 points but the Lions made their charge. Langston cut the lead to a mere two points at 84-82 with 56 seconds left after Michael A. Harris scored on a fast break bucket.
Langston was in prime position to tie the game after OCU's Lon Dunbar turned the ball over. Curtis Jones' game-tying attempt was blocked by OCU's Xavier Smith and led to back-to-back fouls by Myles Eglin and Harris. Dunbar knocked down both free throws to put OCU up 86-82 with 15 seconds left.
Jones scored quickly to get Langston back within in two points but needed a pair of free throw misses from Jonathan Reed. Reed knocked down both attempts after a foul by Eglin to keep OCU up by four points with six second remaining. The Stars would go on to win 90-86 over the Lions.
Looking at the Stats …
Harris scored a season-high 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting including four three-pointers; Jones chipped in 22 as well for Langston. Terrell Jones and Eglin also scored in double figures with 11 points each.
On the night the Lions hit 45 percent (31-of-68) from the field and connected on 16-of-22 free throw attempts.
Langston (4-2) returns to action on Nov. 29 at home, hosting the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.