South Plains survives NMMI late rally

ROSWELL, N.M. — Deshawn Corprew and Ben Perez scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, and South Plains College beat New Mexico Military Institute 78-75 Monday night in Western Junior College Athletic Conference basketball, withstanding a late rally.

 

Keith McGee added 12 points and Chris Orlina had 11 points and seven assists for South Plains (17-7, 9-3), which held on to second place in the WJCAC.

NMMI (15-11, 5-7) got 23 points from Jordyn Owens and 18 from Jaylan Williams. Rosel Hurley converted a put-back basket with two seconds left, and then the Broncos came up with a turnover in the backcourt and missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.

Williams and Owens each hit 3s in the final 45 seconds as NMMI rallied back from 76-67. Corprew and Raymond Doby each hit one of two free throws, with 29 and 12 seconds left, that made SPC’s lead 78-73.

OPSU women 64

Wayland 55

GOODWELL, Okla. — Senior forward Madison Dearmin poured in 28 points and Oklahoma Panhandle State upset No. 6 Wayland Baptist, costing the Flying Queens first place in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Wayland (20-4, 13-3) took a 54-53 lead when Jada Riley made one of two free throws with 2:34 left. Then Oklahoma Panhandle State (14-10, 6-10) closed the game on an 11-1 run. Dearmin scored eight of those points, six on free throws.

The Aggies’ snapped Wayland’s 10-game winning streak, two days after the Flying Queens beat No. 4 Oklahoma City 73-66 in a battle of top-10 teams and took over first place in the SAC. The University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (22-4, 14-3) moved into first, one-half game ahead of Wayland and Oklahoma City (20-5, 13-3).

Maci Merket had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six steals for Wayland. Earlier Monday, Merket was named the SAC player of the week for her play in last week’s games. The Flying Queens got 14 points from Riley and eight rebounds, six points and six assists from Shallowater graduate Morgan Bennett.

Addison Munsch scored 15 points for Oklahoma Panhandle State.

 

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