UCO Caps Off Bartlesville In Style; Claims LSC Title
Central Oklahoma claimed the first-ever LSC Championship in Bartlesville back in
2008. Thanks to a balanced scoring effort, a 14-0 second-half run and an
all-around performance from a star player, UCO made sure it won the last won as
In a battle of No. 1 seeds, the Bronchos (28-3) were too strong for Tarleton
State once again, running past the Texans 68-52 Sunday in the LSC Championship
final game at Bruin Fieldhouse. UCO has now defeated Tarleton seven straight
times and nine of the last 10 meetings.
Dauntae Williams was named MVP of the tournament for this three-game effort.
Williams scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and three assists on Sunday,
while teammates Brent Friday and Victor Driver were also on the all-tournament
team. Friday led UCO in scoring against TSU with 16 points while Driver added 14
off the bench. Driver entered the weekend averaging 4.5 points but had three
straight games of double-figure scoring.
Corin Henry led the Texans (24-5) with 19 points and was TSU's only
representative on the all-tournament squad. Henry led all LSC scorers this
weekend with 69 points.
The game was tight in the early going but by the end of the first half, UCO
stretched the lead out to seven at 35-28 That was a dangerous spot for the
Texans considering Central Oklahoma was a perfect 25-0 this year when leading at
The Bronchos made sure that number went to 26 as they opened the second half
with a 3-pointer by Williams to push the 10. Tarleton did trim the lead to two
with an 11-3 run.
But that's when the Bronchos reeled off 14 straight points.
While UCO needed two overtimes to beat West Texas A&M in Saturday's semifinal
game, it was actually Tarleton that looked to run out of steam. The Texans used
a remarkable run Saturday in their semifinal game for a 38-point turnaround in a
24-point win over Midwestern State.
In the second half Sunday, Tarleton shot just 22.2 percent from the floor (6 of
27 field goals), including 2 of 14 from beyond the arc.
On the flip side, UCO shot 56.8 percent from the field and was 11 of 18 (61.1
percent) in the second half.
With UCO eventually headed to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics
Association, the Bronchos leave the LSC with their fifth championship on the
Tarleton State failed to land its second LSC Championship, but as the No. 3 seed
in the South Central Regional, the Texans will certainly try to regroup in next
That event could be possibly be held in Edmond, Okla. with UCO playing host. The
Bronchos entered the weekend with a No. 2 regional record, but with three
straight wins, including two over ranked teams (West Texas A&M and Tarleton
State), UCO could surpass Missouri Southern, who lost to Fort Hays State in the
finals of the MIAA tournament.
Regional pairings for the men's bracket will be announced tonight at NCAA.com at
9 p.m. (CST). The women's pairings will be announced at 8:30, with both UCO and
Tarleton's women's teams expected to get bids.
LSC North Division Player of the Year:
Dauntae Williams (6'4''-G-88) of Cent.Oklahoma LSC North Division Defensive Player of the Year:
Jarrod McDaniel (5'10''-G) of Stephen F. Austin LSC North Division Freshman of the Year:
Desmond Henry (6'4''-G) of Cameron LSC North Division Newcomer of the Year:
Desmond King (6'7''-F-88) of Paris JC LSC North Division Coach of the Year:
Terry Evans of Cent.Oklahoma
LSC South Division Player of the Year:
Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89) of Rice LSC South Division Defensive Player of the Year:
Corin Henry (5'11''-G-88) of Tarleton St. LSC South Division Freshman of the Year:
Andre Adams (5'8''-G) of Angelo St. LSC South Division Newcomer of the Year:
Richard Thomas (6'5''-G-87) of N.Texas LSC South Division Coach of the Year:
Lonn Reisman of Tarleton St.
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