The Savage Storm dropped their first home game of the season and suffered their first loss since Jan. 8 - a span of 11 games -as Central Oklahoma claimed a 94-88 win at Bloomer Sullivan Gymanasium last Wednesday.
Southeastern finished as champions of the Lone Star Conference's North Division with an 11-1 mark against the division as it has now won 15 of its last 17 games including an 88-72 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the opening round of the LSC Tournament Tuesday night in Durant.
The Savage Storm will travel to Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday for a semifinal matchup with West Texas A&M, which claimed an 82-80 win over Texas A&M-Commerce Tuesday night in Canyon.
Central Missouri reclaimed top billing in the region even after falling 78-71 last week at Emporia State (Kan.). The Mules are 5-3 over their last eight games.
Northwest Missouri leapfrogged over the Savage Storm on the strength of a four-game winning streak over the bottom four clubs in the MIAA - Washburn (Kan.), Missouri Southern, Missouri Western and Fort Hays State.
The Bearcats, who split the regular season MIAA co-championship with Central Missouri, are 11-3 over their last 14.
Midwestern State maintained its hold on the No. 4 spot after clinching the homecourt for the LSC Postseaston Tournament with a pair of wins last week.
At 24-3, the Savage Storm is off to its best start since 1996-97 when Southeastern finished the regular season with a 24-2 record. SOSU is currently ranked No. 9 in the NABC/Coaches' Poll.
The final regional rankings will be released via the NCAA Division II National Selection Show to be aired on CSTV.com, 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The tournament will conclude 7 p.m., Saturday in Wichita Falls, Texas.