Emporia State men, women sweep Central Oklahoma

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EMPORIA, Kan. (Emporia State Athletics) - Emporia State got out to a 9-0 lead and never trailed on the way to a 66-63 win over Central Oklahoma.

The Hornets got three-pointers from Hassan Thomas, Kam Rowan and Kooper Glick in the first 2:15 of the game. The Bronchos would close to within 12-6 with 14:30 left when the Hornets went on a 9-2 run to go up 21-8 with 11:45 left on Kooper Glick three-pointer. Their lead would reach 16 points at 31-15 with 2:38 left in the half before the Bronchos ended the half on a 10-3 run of their own to pull within 34-25 at the break.

Josh Holliday hit a three-pointer for the first points of the second half as UCO cut the deficit to 34-28 with 19:14 left in the game. Emporia State pushed the lead back to 12 points with a 6-0 run to take a 40-28 lead with 17:49 left. The spread would remain between eight and 13 points over the next ten minutes before Central Oklahoma used a 6-0 run to pull within 51-46 with 7:53 left.

Julius Jackson hit a three-pointer with 4:00 left to push the lead to 63-54 before the Hornets went on a 3:44 scoring drought. The Bronchos could only muster six points of their own during that time and two Adarius Avery free throws made it 63-60 with 1:39 remaining. Aaron McGee hit one of two free throws with 16 seconds left and Kooper Glick hit a pair from the charity stripe with 11.1 seconds left to put the Hornets up 66-60. Josh Holliday hit a three-pointer with under two seconds left for the final score.

Julius Jackson led Emporia State in scoring with 26 points and was a perfect 13 of 13 from the free throw line. He was joined in double figures by Kooper Glick with 17 points and Hassan Thomas with ten.

The Hornets are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Northeastern State. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

Julius Jackson has now hit 27 straight free throws to tie Robbie Ballard's Emporia State record for consecutive free throws set during the 2002-03 season.

The Lady Hornets held on for the 71-64 win over Central Oklahoma on Thursday. Three players in scoring in double digits led the way for the Lady Hornets win in White Auditorium.

The Bronchos got on the board first and pushed out ahead to an 8-0 lead before the Lady Horents used a 8-0 run of their own to tie the game at 8-8 with 6:19 on the clock. The Lady Hornets never led in the first quarter and would trail 16-14 heading to the break.

After a 9-0 run to open the second quarter, the Lady Hornets led 23-16 with 8:20 left in the half. The Bronchos regained the lead over the Lady Hornets at 28-27 with 1:55 remaining in the second before the Lady Hornets finished the quarter on a 7-2 run to lead 35-30 at the half.

The Lady Hornets pushed their run from the first half up to a 13-2 run to lead 41-30 with 6:54 left in the third quarter. Emporia State's largest lead came with 1:21 remaining in the third after a Jessica Wayne free throw gave the Lady Hornets the 54-37 lead. In the final minute, the Bronchos closed the gap to 54-42 in favor of the Lady Hornets heading to the final frame.

After both teams went scoreless through the first 1:30 of the fourth quarter, the Bronchos broke the silence with a three pointer from Blake Blessington to come within single digits at 54-45 with 8:30 on the clock. The Lady Hornets answered two possessions later when Emily Miller knocked down a three with 7:30 left. The Bronchos closed within six with 3:10 on the clock, but the Lady Hornets used back-to-back three point possessions on a three from Wayne and an old fashioned three point play from Tyra Jones to push their lead back to 12 with 1:58 remaining and would hold on for the 71-64 win.

The Lady Hornets outshot the Bronchos 40.3% - 33.8% from the field but were outshot 36.1% - 32.1% from beyond the arc. Emily Miller led the Lady Hornets with 23 points. Miller was joined in double digits by Kali Martin and Jessica Wayne with 12 points each. Tyra Jones led the team with nine rebounds.

Emporia State will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 16 as they play host to Northeastern State in White Auditorium. Tip off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Game Notes:
With her nine points in the game, Addie Lackey passed Alli Volkens for 16th on the Lady Hornets all-time scoring list.