STEPHENVILLE, Texas – On to the Elite Eight!
Eric Cazenave buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4.5 seconds left to cap a frantic comeback that vaulted Central Oklahoma past Tarleton State 77-76 in the finals of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tuesday night.
The No. 21-ranked Bronchos outscored the No. 15 Texans 17-5 over the final four minutes to pull off the improbable victory and stun a capacity crowd of 2,448 at Wisdom Gym, earning their first trip to the Elite Eight since 1992 and only the second in school history.
It was the ninth straight win for UCO, which improved to 28-5 while ending Tarleton’s season at 25-7. The Bronchos will take on South Atlantic Regional champion Augusta State at noon March 26 in Springfield, Mass.
“These young men decided they didn’t want to lose,” UCO coach Terry Evans said. “Our guys played like they had nothing to lose and we didn’t. We took a lot of risks at the end and it paid off for us.”
The Bronchos trailed 71-60 with 3:59 left, but rallied to within 75-74 on a Cazenave layup with 21 seconds left and fouled Jeffrey Henfield with 18.8 seconds left. He missed the first throw and made the second to make it 76-75 to set up UCO’s last possession.
The Bronchos looked to free senior star Sam Belt for the final shoot, but he was covered up and found Cazenave open at the top of the key and the sophomore sharpshooter’s high-arcing trey found nothing but net.
Tarleton quickly inbounded the ball and raced downcourt, with Marlin Cloudy getting off an off-balanced 3-pointer with one second left that bounced off the back iron as the horn sounded.
“We wanted to get the ball to Sam at the end,” Cazenave said. “He’s our go-to guy, but that didn’t work and when I caught it I had a good look at the basket so I put it up and it went in.”
Central Oklahoma men advance to Elite Eight
STEPHENVILLE, Texas – On to the Elite Eight!
Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff
It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
“It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”
Santa Fe alum McGreevy makes U.S. Amateur
OU’s Max McGreevy, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, and University of Tulsa’s Logan McCracken qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers. This year’s championship will be held at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9-17.
Max McGreevy, Edmond 67-65—132
Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 69-66—135
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Gibson closes British Open with a 78, 3 birdies in final 6 holes
Even if he didn’t post the score he wanted, Rhein Gibson left Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday knowing he at least finished strong.
Gibson’s final-round 6-over-par 78 at the British Open looks a lot better when one considers he birdied three of his final six holes. The Oklahoma Christian alum finished his first major championship at 10-over-par 298 — in 72nd place overall — earning himself a paycheck of $20,840.
Edmond’s Reid comes back to win Senior Stroke Play
James Reid, of Edmond, rallied to win the OGA’s Senior Stroke Play Championship with a smoking 67 July 15 at the Trails Country Club in Norman. Edmond’s Jon Valuck tied for fifth place.
In the pro series, Cameron Meyers of Edmond shot 68-70 for the top prize while Andrew Green of Edmond finished third.
Oklahoma Golf Association
Senior Stroke Play Championship
The Trails Golf Club
Air Force kicker Conant named to Groza Award watch list
Air Force senior Will Conant, an Edmond Memorial graduate, is one of 30 players nationwide to be named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Conant hit 32-of-33 PATs and 11-of-13 field-goal attempts last season. He ranked third in the conference in field-goal percentage with an 84.6 mark that is the fourth-best in school history and best since Joey Ashcroft hit 88.8 percent (16-18) in 2002.
Conant is one of two kickers in Air Force history to hit three times from 50-plus yards in a season. He hit three 52-yard kicks last season (versus Colgate, San Diego State, New Mexico), matching Ryan Harrison’s three 50-plus field goals in 2007. Conant’s three 50-plus field goals already rank him third in school history in career 50-yard field goals.
OC alum Gibson holes pressure putt on 18, makes cut at British Open
It was the biggest putt of Rhein Gibson’s life — which is saying something for a guy who once shot a world-record 55 — and the Oklahoma Christian alum and Edmond resident responded the way he has so many times before.
A four-time NAIA All-American while at Oklahoma Christian University, Gibson made the 15-footer for a birdie on No. 18 as darkness descended at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, capping a 2-over-par 74 and allowing him to make the cut in the world’s most prestigious tournament.
‘Cook’-ing up a championship golf course
When the practice rounds began at the U.S. Senior Open July 7, the ramblings were almost non-stop.
From the players who live at the course to professional golfers from across the ocean and diverse parts of the globe, the consensus was that Oak Tree National was in tremendous shape and the players were keyed up to compete on it.
“The golf course is fantastic,” Oak Tree resident Bob Tway said on the first day of competition July 10. “It’s hard, but it’s fantastic.
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