After both teams had big first-half runs, ninth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist
pulled away in the second half for a 97-73 win over USAO in Chickasha
was 13 of 16 from the field and finished with 30 points for the Bison, while Kevin Swinton
"Maurice really played tonight," said OBU Coach Doug Tolin
. "He got to the rim a lot and he also found some open guys a few times."
The Bison, who lead the NAIA in both field goal and three-point field goal percentage, shot 60 percent from the floor (36-60) and 62.5 percent (10-16) from three-point range.
Foster scored six points as OBU opened with the first 12 points of the game on their way to a 17-2 lead with 15:54 left in the first half. The Drovers got their offense going, however, and tied the score on a 28-13 run to make it 30-30 with 5:33left in the first.
"They're a good basketball team, especially at home," said Tolin of the Drovers. "We knew we weren't going to put them away in the first four or five minutes, but I was disappointed because I felt like we helped them. Then we should have been up eight, nine or 11 points at halftime but we made a real mess of the last minute and a half."
OBU led 42-38 at the half after getting the lead back out to eight with 2:06 to go.
The Drovers got the lead back down to two points three minutes into the second half, but Swinton scored inside and then fed Tim Bowman
on a three-pointer to get the lead back out to seven points.Allen Hester
scored five points in a 7-0 run to bulk the lead to 63-51 with 13:25 to go.
A 12-2 Bison run put OBU ahead 76-57 with Swinton and Foster adding four points each, and after USAO got it back down to 11, the Bison took off again on an 18-2 run to give OBU a 97-70 edge with under a minute to play.
Foster scored seven and Heath McKay
six in that final spree.
Joining Foster and Swinton in double figures were Bowman with 15 points and Hester with 10, while Derik Echols added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Sahlih Butts led USAO with 17.
Now 17-4 overall and 11-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, the Bison battle 12th-ranked Southern Nazarene in Shawnee Saturday at 8 p.m.