Oklahoma Baptist widened its lead to 1.5 games in the Sooner Athletic
Conference with a 99-82 victory over rival Oklahoma City in the Noble
Complex Saturday night.
The Bison, who have the tiebreaker on Southern Nazarene, need one win in their last three games or one SNU loss next week to win the regular season crown for a second consecutive season.
OBU shot well from everywhere Saturday, hitting 56 percent from the floor, including 15-of-31 from three-point range, and shot 83.3 percent from the free throw line to end a two-game slide in which the nation's best-shooting team struggled to hit shots.
"That was an amazing turnaround and a great 40 minutes of basketball," said OBU Coach Doug Tolin
. "We played hard and had great patience and got some quality shots."
The Stars had a hard time with a three-headed scoring monster. Maurice Foster
led with 27 points on 11 of 20 shooting, while Kevin Swinton
was 8 of 9 for 20 points and Emmanuel Wilson
hit 7 of 11 shots for 20 points, including six three-pointers.
The Stars were able to stick around, thanks to 56 percent shooting on their end, but OBU collected 14 more rebounds, led by Derick Echols
OBU led by as many as 13 points in the first half and held a 46-36 lead at halftime.
The Bison opened the second half with a 16-6 run to post its biggest lead, 62-42, with 15:19 to play. OCU reduced that to seven with 12:52 to go, but the Bison responded by scoring the next eight points to get the lead to 70-55 midway through the second half.
The Stars never got closer than 12 from there and the Bison claimed the win.
Orlan Jackman led OCU with 22 points.
Now 21-6 overall and 15-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, the Bison play at Rogers State Monday at 8 p.m.