The Cowley College men’s basketball team scored 54 first-half points Wednesday night against Dodge City on Homecoming night en route to a 93-80 victory at W.S. Scott Auditorium.

Ten players scored in the opening half and the Tigers (17-9, 14-8 Jayhawk D-I) outscored Dodge City by 23 points after falling behind 18-10 after the first six minutes of play.

The Conquistadors (8-18, 6-16) used a 7-0 run to open the second half to pull to within eight. However, Cowley pushed the lead to 77-59 following a 3-pointer by Jeremiah Starks midway through the second half.

Cowley’s lead remained in double digits the rest of the way to sweep the season series against the Conqs.

“It is big to get a sweep,” Cowley coach Tommy DeSalme said. “You can’t take anything for granted in this league.”

The Tigers sank 11 3-pointers and shot 51.4 percent from the floor.

Starks bounced back from a tough shooting night Saturday at Independence to go 5 of 6 from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 25 points. Fellow freshman Cole Kinnamon added 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

“Jeremiah and Cole have got to keep being aggressive on the offensive end if we are going to be any good,” DeSalme said.

Sophomore Aaron McGee added 11 points and five rebounds, while Brenden Van Dyke added eight points and eight boards.

Redshirt freshman Marquan Shakur grabbed six rebounds to go along with four blocks in 10 minutes of action.

“Brenden, Marquan and Aaron’s energy gave us a lift in the first half,” DeSalme said.

Sophomore Devante McGee, who has been sidelined due to injury, returned to see 10 minutes of action.

“If Devante can give us some quality minutes each half, it would be a big help to us,” DeSalme said.

Freshman post Jyrus Freels led the Conquistadors with 28 points.

The Tigers face No. 14-ranked Hutchinson (22-4, 18-4) on the road at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Blue Dragons won Wednesday at Barton to move into a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Barton and Coffeyville.

Cowley defeated Hutchinson 81-74 on Jan. 3 in Arkansas City.

“It’s a chance to go on the road and sweep them, so it is kind of a house money game for us,” DeSalme said. “I hope we play with a lot of confidence. The first 10 minutes will be really important.”

Cowley 93, Dodge City 80

DODGE CITY (8-18, 6-16)

Tajae Anderson 2-8 4-6 8, Kevin Howard 3-11 1-1 8, Justice Dixon 2-6 0-2 4, Bruce Hodges 4-6 2-4 12, Jyrus Freels 10-17 8-10 28, Dayton McGroarty 3-9 2-2 8, Marquis McCray 2-5 0-0 4, Tamaje Blackwell 3-6 0-0 8, Ishawn Murphy 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Seniguar 0-0 0-0 0, Dreyco Lawrence 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-69 17-25 80.

COWLEY (17-9, 14-8)

Cole Kinnamon 6-12 0-0 14, Aaron McGee 4-7 3-3 11, Jeremiah Starks 9-15 2-4 25, JayLenn Corbett 1-1 0-0 2, Darnell Cowart 4-8 0-1 8, Darius Harrison 4-6 1-1 9, Brenden Van Dyke 2-4 3-4 8, Gage Maccoy 3-7 0-0 7, Cedric Rembert 1-4 0-0 2, Davonte Pack 1-3 0-0 3, Devante McGee 1-3 0-0 3, Marquan Shakur 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 36-70 10-15 93.

Halftime: Cowley 54-39. 3-Point goals: Dodge City 5-21 (Blackwell 2-4, Hodges 2-3, Howard 1-2, McGroarty 0-4, Anderson 0-3, Freels 0-2, Dixon 0-2, Murphy 0-1); Cowley 11-26 (Starks 5-6, Kinnamon 2-5, Maccoy 1-4, D. McGee 1-3, Pack 1-2, Van Dyke 1-1, Cowart 0-4, A. McGee 0-1). Rebounds: Dodge City 39 (Anderson 10); Cowley 41 (Van Dyke 8). Assists: Dodge City 12 (Anderson 3, Howard 3); Cowley 17 (Rembert 6). Turnovers: Dodge City 14, Cowley 16. Fouled out: none. Total fouls: Dodge City 17, Cowley 20. Technicals: Dixon, Dodge City bench.

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