DeSalme notches win No. 200 as Tigers rout Pratt

A familiar sight for Arkansas City fans: Cevin Clark, this time in a Cowley College uniform, buries a 3-pointer on the left wing with 7.5 seconds left in th  first half Wednesday night against Pratt at W.S. Scott Auditorium. Clark led five Tigers in double figures with a game-high 20 points.

Just a few short weeks after becoming the all-time winningest coach in the history of the Cowley College men’s basketball program, Tommy DeSalme picked up win No. 200 as the No. 23-ranked Tigers rolled to a 109-78 victory against Pratt at W.S. Scott Auditorium.

“Two-hundred wins is a nice milestone,” DeSalme said. “I am happy these two milestones have happened with this team because I think they have a chance to be really special. This would not have been possible without the players, coaches and people I work with at the college. This is special for not only me, but for a lot of people.”

Wednesday’s contest marked the 11th time in 13 games that the Tigers (11-2, 3-0 Jayhawk East) have eclipsed the 100-point plateau.

Cowley sophomore Isaac Nwosu batted the opening tip to a streaking Cevin Clark for a layup only two seconds into the game and the Tigers never looked back.

The lead grew to double-digits (16-5) following a 3-pointer by freshman Dalen Ridgnal and the Tigers into halftime with a 54-30 advantage.

The Beavers (6-5, 0-2 Jayhawk West) shot just 30 percent and turned the ball over 17 times in the opening half.

Cowley led by as many as 41, 97-56, and broke the century mark on Mike’l Henderson’s 3-pointer with five minutes remaining.

“Pratt is a tough matchup because of how physical they are,” DeSalme said. “I thought there were moments where we were getting a little too cool for school and not paying attention to detail.”

Clark led five Tigers in double figures with a game-high 20 points, while Ridgnal added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Harrison Eghan led Pratt with 14 points and eight rebounds.

DeSalme continues to be impressed with the play of sophomore Deng Bol, who is coming off of offseason meniscus surgery. Bol finished the game with seven points, three rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes of action. During Cowley’s five-game winning streak Bol is averaging 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting nearly 70 percent from the floor.

“Deng has been an absolute rock for us,” DeSalme said. “He makes everyone better with his play offensively and defensively. Our other players on the team can learn a lot from him.”

The Tigers play at 4 p.m. Saturday at Garden City (7-4, 1-1 Jayhawk West).

 

Cowley 109, Pratt 78

PRATT (6-5, 0-2)

Mahamadou Nimaga 4-11 5-14 13, Zool Kueth 4-10 1-2 10, Deontae Davis 3-9 2-4 9, Harrison Eghan 6-14 2-3 14, Tommy Thomas 4-14 3-6 12, Jamel Horton 1-8 1-2 3, Jordan Horn 1-2 0-0 2, Julian Eziukwu 3-9 3-6 9, Carlos Montiel 3-4 0-0 6, Drew Honas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-81 17-37 78.

COWLEY (11-2, 3-0)

Mike’l Henderson 3-9 0-0 9, Deng Bol 3-5 1-1 7, Cevin Clark 6-11 6-7 20, Will Mangum 5-5 0-0 11, Isaac Nwosu 4-12 0-1 8, Jacquez Yow 4-9 1-2 11, Martaveon Jones 4-11 3-5 12, Moses Nuangki 0-4 3-4 3, Moun’tae Edmundson 2-3 2-2 6, Shemarri Allen 3-3 0-2 7, Dalen Ridgnal 2-6 8-8 13, Malik Coats 1-1 0-0 2, Biar Garang 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-79 24-32 109.

Halftime: Cowley 54-30. 3-Point goals: Pratt 3-17 (Thomas 1-5, Davis 1-5, Kueth 1-3, Horton 0-1, Nimaga 0-1, Horn 0-1, Montiel 0-1); Cowley 11-28 (Henderson 3-6, Yow 2-2, Clark 2-6, Mangum 1-1, Allen 1-1, Ridgnal 1-2, Jones 1-5, Nuangki 0-1, Edmundson 0-1, Nwosu 0-3). Rebounds: Pratt 64 (Davis 9, Eziukwu 9); Cowley 43 (Ridgnal 11). Assists: Pratt 9 (Montiel 3); Cowley 17 (Jones 4). Turnovers: Pratt 33, Cowley 22. Fouled out: Horton, Eghan, Mangum. Total fouls: Pratt 27, Cowley 28.

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