The Oklahoma Baptist University men's basketball team took the roof off the Noble Complex in the opening minute Friday night and rolled from the get go, leading by as many as 25 points as it got a little bit of payback from an early season defeat a season ago, defeating the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers, 72-57.
OBU shot 27 of 51 (53%) from the field while absolutely dominating the paint with 40 points on the night. The Bison shot over 50% in both halves including 54% in the second half. OBU struggled from behind the arc, shooting 4 of 18 (22%) and they were 14 of 21 (67%) from the free throw line.
The defense was key on the night as the Bison suffocated the Lopers from the tip, holding them to 18 of 51 (35%) shooting and 5 of 20 (25%) from deep. The Bison forced UNK into 15 turnovers on the night and scored 15 points off said turnovers. OBU got great production from its bench with 21 points.
Four different players were in double figures for the Bison and all scored 12 points beginning with Jacque Brown, who added four assists and two steals while Rashad Lewis had 12 points and a pair of 3-pointers. Harrison Stoddart had 12, five boards, and three blocks while Mohammed Abubakar scored 12 off the bench on 6 of 6 shooting. Dishon Lowery added nine points and five boards to go with a block and two steals while Simms and Hall each scored six.
OBU faces Wayne State tonight at 7:30 p.m. after East Central University takes on Nebraska-Kearney at 5:30 p.m. in the Noble Complex. ECU defeated Wayne State earlier Friday.
OBU women fall in season opener at Pittsburg State
PITTSBURG, Kan. - The Oklahoma Baptist University women's basketball team couldn't counteract the 56 percent shooting by Pittsburg State as they dropped a 96-78 decision Friday afternoon to open the 2019-20 season in the MIAA/GAC Challenge at John Lance Arena.
Athena Alvarado poured in a game-high 31 points and grabbed 20 rebounds while Tristan Gegg added 28 points for Pitt State as the pair combined to shoot 24-of-35 from the field (69 percent). Alvarado was 14-of-22 from the floor while Gegg went 10-of-13.
McKenzie Cooper, a senior and Shawnee High School product, paced the Bison with 28 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point land. She was also 6-of-6 from the line as she also recorded a pair of rebounds, two assists, one steal and a blocked shot.
Jaylin Stapleton and Kalifa Ford followed with 16 points each for OBU as Ford was 3-of-6 from long range while Stapleton was 2-of-3.
The Bison shot just 42 percent from the floor overall but did manage knock down a solid 40.7 percent from outside the arc (11-of-27) and a respectable 9-of-13 free shots.
Pitt State owned a 40-32 rebounding advantage. Mikayla Shulanberger was the high rebounder for OBU with six and Stapleton had a team-leading three assists as the Bison had 12 helpers for the game.
OBU is set to face Washburn at 5 p.m. today in the MIAA/GAC Challenge in Pittsburg, Kan.