Broken Records

Cowley College freshman guard Martaveon Jones buried six baskets from beyond the 3-point arc Monday night, finishing with a season-high 38 points in the Tigers’ 143-110 thrashing of Cloud County in Concordia.

CONCORDIA — Just 48 hours after breaking a record that had stood for 40 years, the No. 6-ranked Cowley College men’s basketball team set a school record for points in a game for the second game in a row Monday night in a 143-110 victory at Cloud County.

The Tigers (24-3, 16-1) scored a school-record 78 second-half points to secure both records while clinching a share of the Jayhawk East title with their 11th consecutive victory.

After scoring a school-record 139 points Saturday in a 139-86 win against Neosho County, the Tigers surpassed that with eight players scoring in double figures Monday.

“The guys are playing at a really high team level right now and are attacking the moment, not playing on their heels,” Cowley coach Tommy DeSalme said.

The Tigers can clinch the conference title outright with a win Saturday against Allen at W.S. Scott Auditorium. The 7:30 p.m. game is the final home game of the regular season.

“We have a real special opportunity ahead of us — we hope to take advantage of it,” DeSalme said.

Cowley forced the Thunderbirds (8-18, 2-15) into 20 more turnovers (34-14) and connected on a season-high 20 shots from 3-point range.

“When we win the 3-point line and the turnover battle, it creates the pace we want,” DeSalme said.

Martaveon Jones hit 6 of 12 from beyond the arc and scored a season-high 38 points to go with eight steals and seven assists, while Cevin Clark added 23 points and four steals.

“Martaveon controlled the game both offensively and defensively,” DeSalme said.

Cowley used a 16-0 run to take control early and led 34-19 midway through the first half.

The T-Birds pulled to within 11 at 46-35 with just less than five minutes left in the first half before Cowley went into halftime with a 65-50 advantage.

The Tigers hit the century mark for the 23rd time with 12:09 remaining and did not let up, adding another 43 points in the final 12 minutes.

Jacquez Yow, whose 3-pointer with 56 seconds left broke the record, finished with 11 points.

“The guys wanted to beat the record again and do it in a hostile environment,” DeSalme said.

Will Mangum scored 12 of his 16 points in a three-minute span of the second half.

“That was one of the best three- to five-minute stretches of basketball Will has played,” DeSalme said. “He played with fire and tenacity both offensively and defensively.”

Deng Bol and Shemarri Allen finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

“Deng and Shemarri are so important to what we do,” DeSalme said. “They do a lot of the dirty work that allows us to be who we are.”

Jay Lewis finished with 28 points for the T-birds, who have dropped 11 in a row.

Saturday’s game against the Red Devils (15-11, 9-7) is the final home game for sophomores Deng Bol and Malik Coats.

“We have got to take advantage of the opportunity we have and not waste it,” DeSalme said. “The guys know what is at stake with an opportunity to cut down the nets.”

Cowley 143, Cloud County 110

COWLEY (24-3, 16-1)

Martaveon Jones 11-21 10-13 38, Deng Bol 5-9 1-5 13, Cevin Clark 6-12 7-7 23, Dalen Ridgnal 4-13 2-6 10, Biar Garang 1-1 0-0 3, Mike’l Henderson 5-13 2-2 15, Moses Nuangki 0-0 2-2 2, Moun’tae Edmundson 1-4 0-0 2, Shemarri Allen 5-6 0-0 10, Will Mangum 7-9 0-0 16, Malik Coats 0-1 0-1 0, Jacquez Yow 4-9 1-2 11. Totals 49-98 25-38 143.

CLOUD COUNTY (8-18, 2-15)

Jay Lewis 7-15 13-15 28, DJ Sims 1-7 4-4 6, Dyelan Reed 2-6 4-4 9, Chad Vincent-Simon 3-7 3-5 9, Iyen Enaruna 8-12 3-4 19, Zach Sorell 1-1 0-0 3, Sami Sanad 0-3 0-0 0, Michael Ozomah 1-2 0-0 2, Akene Agee 7-11 6-10 21, Denzel Ndongosi 0-0 1-2 1, Kendall Sutton 2-2 2-2 6, David Acosta 3-6 0-4 6. Totals 35-72 36-50 110.


Halftime: Cowley 65-50. 3-Point goals: Cowley 20-51 (Jones 6-12, Clark 4-8, Henderson 3-10, Bol 2-4, Mangum 2-4, Yow 2-3, Garang 1-1, Ridgnal 0-7, Edmundson 0-2); Cloud County 4-18 (Lewis 1-4, Reed 1-4, Agee 1-3, Sorell 1-1, Sims 0-4, Enaruna 0-1, Sanad 0-1). Rebounds: Cowley 39 (Mangum 7); Cloud County 53 (Enaruna 9). Assists: Cowley 24 (Jones 7); Cloud County 10 (Reed 3). Turnovers: Cowley 14, Cloud County 34. Fouled out: Allen, Mangum, Enaruna. Total fouls: Cowley 33, Cloud County 29. Technicals: Allen, Cowley team.

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