SE basketball drops two at ECU

By Matt Thomas Southeastern

February 28, 2014

Men’s Hoops: Southeastern Falls to Arch-Rival ECU

ADA, Okla. - Southeastern out-shot East Central and put three players in double-figures, but could not overcome 16 turnovers and a large Tiger advantage at the free throw line in a 76-60 loss in Ada, Okla., on Thursday night.

The loss drops the Savage Storm to 8-17 overall on the year and 5-14 in Great American Conference play.

SE was dealt another blow just a few minutes after the conclusion of its game in Ada when Ouachita Baptist scored a buzzer-beating three with 0.6 second left to top Henderson State 59-58 and take a one-game lead over the Storm in the race for the final playoff position with one game to play.

Hope is not lost for Southeastern as a win over Harding on Saturday and a loss at Arkansas-Monticello by OBU would put the two teams back in a tie for eighth place which would earn the Storm a trip to the postseason on tiebreakers thanks to its win over Arkansas Tech who is tied for the GAC lead.

In Thursday’s game, the Storm shot 43.1 percent from the floor and hit five threes, while the Tigers hit 39.7 percent and matched the Storm’s total from long range.

The first major difference came thanks to the free throw line where SE hit 11-of-17, which struggled to stack up with the 25-of-31 that ECU hit.

The second factor came into play as the Storm committed 16 turnovers, while the Tigers turned the ball over just six times which led to an 18-3 scoring edge for the home team.

East Central also took advantage of its offensive rebounds, holding a 20-6 edge in the category.

Urald King finished the game with 15 points to lead the Storm, while John Balwigaire and Taylor Smaller each added 12.

King’s eight rebounds led the team on the glass, while Smaller’s four assists was a team-high as well.

The Storm scored first and opened the game on a 9-3 run that was capped by a King dunk with 17:11 to go in the first half.

ECU answered with an 11-0 run to take a 14-9 lead by the 14:37 mark.

The Tigers would maintain the lead for the remainder of the half, pushing it out to as many as 11 points before the Storm whittled it back to 42-33 at the break.

East Central pushed their advantage back out to 12 points in the early going of the second half, but a quick 7-2 spurt would close the score to 58-52 after a Tyler Lonzie layup with 8:16 to play.

That was as close as the game would get though as ECU would outscore the Storm 18-8 over the final eight minutes to pull away with a 76-60 win.

Women’s Hoops: SE Drops Rivalry Matchup at ECU

ADA, Okla. - Southeastern put four players in double-figures, but was unable to overcome a 26-6 East Central advantage in second chance points en route to an 81-68 loss to the rival Tigers on Thursday night in Ada, Okla.

The loss is the fourth-straight for the team who dips to 13-12 overall and 10-9 in Great American Conference play.

Ronay English came off the bench to turn in a season-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 3-of-6 mark from three point range.

Haley Schaefer was right behind with 15 points, While Breana Small-Peppers added 13 and Emily Williams chipped in 12.

Small Peppers also led the team in rebounds with eight, while Taylor Richards dished out three assists and finished with eight points.

It was rebounding that the Storm struggled with on the day, as ECU held a 48-to-35 advantage on the glass which included an 18-to-6 mark on the offensive boards.

Otherwise the game was evenly matched, with SE shooting 40.4 percent from the floor and out-shooting the Tiger from long range, hitting 6-of-18 from behind the arc as opposed to the 4-of-23 effort by ECU.

ECU held a slight advantage in points off turnovers at 15-14, but the Storm evened that out with a 24-22 edge in the paint.

SE also got a big effort form its bench with a 33-19 advantage, led by English’s team-high.

ECU scored first, but Williams answered with a three and the Storm proceeded to open the game on a 9-2 run.

An 8-2 Tiger run answered the Storm and cut the SE advantage to one point by the 14:07 mark fo the first half.

Southeastern maintained its lead until an Ashley Robison layup with 12:27 to go tied the game and sparked a 7-0 run that put the Tigers up 19-14.

ECU would stretch its lead out to eight points before an 8-0 run knotted the game at 27-27 on an English three with 4:40 to play.

However, the Tigers would finish the half on a 10-3 run to take a 37-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

SE whittled that deficit to three points in the early going of the second half, but the Tigers used a 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 46-36 with 16:42 to play.

The Storm would twice get the lead back to single digits at eight points, the last time coming on a Schaefer layup with 11:54 to play.

ECU would answer with six-straight points and the lead would never shrink below double-digits for the remainder of the game as the Tigers took the contest 81-68.