LANGSTON – The 13th ranked Langston Lions got all they could handle from Haskell Indian Nations University but ultimately the Lions prevailed 92-81 on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at C.F. Gayle's Fieldhouse.
Leading 71-67 with 5:32 remaining the Lions used a pivotal 13-4 scoring run to turn the tide and pushed their lead to double digits at 84-71 with 2:02 remaining.
The Lions led by as much as 15 in the second half before claiming victory at 92-81.
"Offensively, Haskell played a zone about 38 minutes, they played man probably two minutes tonight so when we got out and ran I think we took advantage most of the time. We didn't run as much as we'd like to against a zone," Langston head coach Stan Holt said. "Early on we took some early three's but when we were patient we got good looks and I think we did a decent job of moving the ball tonight."
In the first half the Indians came out firing, building a nine-point lead at 29-20 after a free throw by Ralston Moore with 7:37 left in the first half.
The Lions didn't waver and countered with a 9-0 scoring to tie the game which included six points from Curtis Jones and three points from Jamal McDowell; eventually the Lions would lead 39-38 at halftime.
"I didn't like our energy in the first half, it felt like we were flat," Holt said. "I'm not sure if it was because we were playing a non-conference or we took the team too lightly but whatever it was we didn't come out like we needed to. Haskell did a good job of taking advantage of that."
Curtis Jones led Langston with 18 points; Jeremy Wilson added 17 and Antonio Arnold finished with 15. Also scoring in double figures for the Lions was Terrell Jones with 14 and Renard Gree pumped in 10. Duelle Gore led Haskell and all scorers with 20 points.
For the game the Lions knocked down 46 percent (27-of-58) from the field and converted on 28-of-36 free throw attempts. The Indians finished at 52 percent (31-of-59) and 10-of-14 from the charity stripe.
Langston (11-3, 6-0 RRAC) travels to face Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas on Friday, Jan. 15.