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Archive for Sunday, November 16, 1997

HASKELL BASKETBALL LOSES TO MCCOOK

November 16, 1997

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The Indians won and lost on Saturday night at Coffin Complex.

Haskell Indian Nations University's Fightin' Indians lost 92-76 to McCook County Community College, whose mascot also happens to be the Indians.

"We missed a few free throws and made some turnovers and suddenly we were down 27 points," Haskell coach Al Gipp said. "We were never able to come back from that."

Jeremiah Rector led all scorers with 22 points, and teammate Jamie Feather Earring finished with 19 in the losing effort.

"It's tough to win when you don't have anyone who can play against their tall guys," Feather Earring said. "they really used that against us.

McCook entered the game with sizable height advantage. Haskell had no player taller than 6-5, while McCook had four players atleast 6-7.

Haskell, never led, but stayed within ten points over the first 10 minutes. But turnovers and fouls got the best of Haskell near the end of the half. McCook went on a 24-3 run over the remainder of the second half.

By halftime McCook held a 46-30 lead. McCook continued to extend their lead in the second half. with 11:17 remaining McCook held a 68-41 edge, their largest lead of the contest.

"It was tough watching them build the lead," Haskell forward Sam Grant said. "Especially since I was sitting there with three fouls for most of the first half. All we were thinking about at the end was trying to find a way to cut the lead."

Haskell was able to put together runs of 11-4 and 8-2 late in the second half, slashing the lead to just ten points with over two minutes to play.

"If we played the way we did late in the second half we could have made this a close game," Gipp said. "But we ran out of time."

The loss dropped Haskell to 1-4. Haskell will travel to Lexington, Mo. on Tuesday where they will face Wentworth Junior College.

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