The Cougars snapped a four game losing skid as they held on for a close win over the Volunteer State Pioneers by a final score of 57-53 on Saturday afternoon while the Lady Cougars were no match for the run and gun Lady Pioneers, dropping a 97-63 decision.
On Friday night the Lady Cougars managed to hang on and post a 74-69 win over the Motlow State Lady Bucks, while the Cougars went cold in the second half and fell to the Bucks by a final talley of 90-79.
COUGARS 57 PIONEERS 53
Each team had an 8-0 run early in the men's contest on Saturday as the lead changed hands six times. Travis Wildgoose converted an old fashioned three-point play and Jackie Hale added a long trey from the corner as the Cougars held a 16-14 lead midway through the half.
Another 10-0 run from the Pioneers put the visitors back on top, but the Cougars charged back to slice the lead to a single point at halftime, trailing 26-25. Both teams shot below 34 percent from the floor in the first half as made baskets were few and far between.
The Cougars took their biggest lead of the afternoon early in the second stanza with a 19-8 run as Keevin Tyus tossed in five points and Stetson Moore let fly with a long three-pointer to help their team to a 10 point lead 48-38.
The Pioneers made one last charge as they slowly whittled away at the Cougar lead. Joe Prince hit a clutch three-pointer and Jamaal Brantley calmly sank four free tosses as the visitors managed to tie the game at 53 all with 27 seconds to go in the game.
Robert Brandon put the Cougars back on top with 16 ticks left with two pressure-packed free tosses, 55-53. Prince put up a shot for the Pioneers with six seconds to go which rimmed out. Wildgoose secured the rebound and then nailed down the hard-earned win with a pair of free tosses.
Tyus led the Cougars (10-9, 5-8) with 18 points, 12 rebounds and three steals while Wildgoose checked in with 11 points and 11 boards. Brantley paced the Pioneers (9-12, 4-7) with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Jerrod Jenkins added 12 points. The Cougars outrebounded the taller Pioneers 49-38.
LADY PIONEERS 97
LADY COUGARS 63
The Lady Pioneers hit their hosts with a 22-5 run to start the game and threatened to blow the Lady Cougars right out of their own gym. Tete Flowers led the charge with three layups and a couple of short jumpers while Jenise Davis added a pair of layups and a 3-pointer.
The home team would have none of that though, as they began to chip away at the huge lead with a 21-4 run of their own near the end of the half. Three driving layups from Jamesha Mosley including one that turned into a three-point play, and a trey from Aysia Grimsley and Krista King helped slice the lead from a 20 point bulge at 31-11 to only three points at 35-32.
Davis came up with two more layups in the final minute as the Lady Pioneers would hold a 43-36 halftime advantage.
The Lady Pioneers opened the second half as they did the first, this time with a 17-7 run, but this time the Lady Cougars could not recover.
The lethal combination of Flowers and Davis to go along with Bre Neal and Deborah Martin in the paint proved to be too much for the home team on this day as the Lady Pioneers cruised to the relatively easy win.
Grimsley paced the Lady Cougars (16-5, 8-5) with 17 points while Mosley finished with 15. Davis led all scorers for the Lady Pioneers (12-6, 9-3) with 31 points and seven steals, Neal finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Flowers added 16 points, eight boards and six assists. Volunteer State shot a sizzling 57 percent for the game to only 41 percent for the Lady Cougars.
LADY COUGARS 74
LADY BUCKS 69
On Friday night the rims on both ends of the court seemed to be small at times as both teams shot under 39 percent for the game. The lead changed hands 10 times in the first half as neither team could seize any kind of momentum.
Jamesha Mosley was the exception to the norm as she dominated the paint for the Lady Cougars from start to finish. The home team knocked down the final six points of the first half, as Mosley tossed in four of her 13 in the half, to take a 31-28 halftime advantage.
The Lady Bucks just would not go quietly as they stayed right on the Lady Cougars’ heels for the first 10 minutes of the final stanza, tying the game on two ocassions, but could never jump in front.
The Lady Cougars took their largest lead of the night with an 11-2 run at the eight minute mark, but once again the visitors chipped away at the lead and cut it all the way down to a three point margin on a bucket by Lacey Gaines with 25 ticks left. The rally would end there though, as the Lady Cougars held on for the win.
Mosley led the way for Cleveland State with a monster night, tossing in 30 points and garnering 17 rebounds. Aysia Grimsley added 13 points and Jara Gasper had 12 points. Briana McDonald paced the Lady Bucks (1-10, 2-15) with 18 points and nine boards. The Lady Cougars hit just 26 of their 41 free throws and only two of their 15 shots from three point land, but the defense did cause 21 Lady Buck turnovers.
BUCKS 90 COUGARS 79
Robert Brandon and Stetson Moore got the Cougars off and running in fine fashion as both Cougar sharp-shooters nailed a long range bomb to open the game.
DeQuon Miller and Reggie Williams hit a trey each for the Bucks midway through the first half to spur an eight point Motlow run as they took their only lead of the first half, 19-18.
The Cougars then righted the ship and regained the lead as Simon Clifford and Jackie Hale both came off the bench to nail a 3-pointer each while Keevin Tyus took over in the paint with eight quick points to help the home team to a 45-40 halftime lead.
The Bucks found the mark early and often in the second half with a 21-6 run as the visitors quickly turned a halftime deficit into a comfortable lead. Kytrel Williams on the inside and Miller from the outside keyed the run as the Bucks took control of the contest and never gave it back.
Miller was a perfect 10 of 10 from the charity stripe while the Cougars could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way as the visitors breezed to the win. Motlow State sizzled the nets to the tune of 56 percent for the game.
Miller paced the Bucks (10-9, 5-6) with 24 points while Tre'von James had a big night with 20 points and 14 boards. Tyus led the Cougars with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Hale finished with 12 points and Travis Wildgoose added 10.
Cleveland State will travel to Tennessee Temple on Tuesday night for a pair of games.