AFTON - With senior forward Corey Cowan leading a balanced scoring attack, the Kansas Comets picked up an opening round win at the Coca-Cola Classic at Afton 65-54 over Oklahoma Union.

Cowan scored 20 points, leading four Comets in double figures as the Comets outscored the Cougars 26-18 in the final quarter to secure the win..

Limiting the Cougars to a single basket in the first quarter, the Comets (4-1) jumped out to a 10-2 lead after the first eight minutes. The Cougars would get back in the game in the second at the free throw line, making 12-of-14 attempts in the quarter as they outscored the Comets 21-14 in the period to trail by one at 24-23 at halftime.

Channing Williams, who scored 22 points for the Cougars (1-4) led the way with eight first half points.

The two teams played a dead even third quarter, but the Comets got to the line early and often in the fourth, making 12-of-21 free throw attempts over the final eight minutes to secure the win.

In addition to Williams's big game, Lane Reeves scored 13 points for the Cougars, while Trace Matthews added 11.

For the Comets, who played Afton last night in the semifinals, Casey Armbrister scored 11, while Brent Odle and Cole Kendrick had 10 each.

The Comets also won a 59-49 decision over Lincoln, Ark. Tuesday night for their fourth straight win. No other information was available at press time.

Oklahoma Union 48, Kansas JV 30 (girls)

The Lady Cougars had little trouble putting away the Lady Comets as the defending champions of the Coca-Cola Classic advanced to the semifinals.

Sunny Smart led the third-ranked Lady Cougars (5-0) with 14 points, while Taylor Benson added 12 and Hannah Thomas scored 11.

Kansas was led by Summer Higgins, who had 11, including three baskets from behind the arc.

As of press time, the Lady Cougars were set to take on Quapaw in the semifinals Thursday night, while the Lady Comets will take on South Coffeyville today at 7 p.m.