Southeastern continued their home dominance and clinched a postseason berth Saturday with a 70-51 conference win over rival Southwestern at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Chris Roussell was one assist shy of a triple double and Andris Misters came up big with 22 points as the Savage Storm scored 42 second half points on their way to victory.
The win gives Southeastern a 9-8 record in the Great American Conference, guaranteeing them one of the eight spots in the GAC championship tournament to be held in March in Bartlesville. The Storm are now 13-10 on the season overall. SWOSU falls to 9-14 (8-9 in GAC).
SOSU spotted the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead before coming to life. The Storm did not take the lead until the final minute of the first half.
Mateus Oliveira had 13 points and seven boards and five blocks for Southeastern; Steven Kohli had10 points and eight rebounds; Roussell had 10 points, 10 boards and nine assists. James Harris scored seven and Antonio Worthy had six.
Southeastern’s next game is next Saturday, Feb. 23 at Southern Nazarene University.
Southwestern women 84 Southeastern 81
The Savage Storm nearly pulled off the upset of the 17-5 Bulldogs, but a late surge helped Southwestern take an 84-81 win Saturday at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Taryn Sayama scored 20 off the bench for SWOSU, while Michelle Fisher had 18.
The loss ruined a stellar double-double from Breanna Small-Peppers, who turned in 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Storm lost despite out-shooting the Bulldogs 46 percent to 37 percent.
Bailey Welch led the Savage Storm effort with 20 points and six assists; Haley Schaefer had 13 points and nine boards; Cheree Kiser scored 11; Emily Williams and Ronay English had seven apiece.
Southeastern (10-12) falls to 8-8 in conference play ahead of next week’s road trip to Southern Nazarene University.