Men: SE Holds on For Win over SNU
BETHANY, Okla. – Southeastern put two players in double-figures and survived a slugfest on the road, picking up a 52-47 victory over Southern Nazarene on Saturday afternoon in Bethany, Okla.
The win lifts the Savage Storm to 14-10 on the year and 10-8 in Great American Conference play.
Mateus Oliveira led the way for SE with 14 points, while Chris Roussell added 11 points to reach double-digits for the sixth-straight game and the 23rd time on the season.
Steven Kohli finished with nine points and Quinton Threadgill added eight.
Kohli would also lead the way on the glass with eight rebounds, while Threadgill dished out a team-high five assists.
“The biggest stat that jumped out at me” said head coach Kelly Green, “Was that we only turned the ball over seven times. I think we only had two in the first half.”
“We had a chance to fold,” Green continued, “We got away from what we were doing. But we were fortunate to hold on at the end.”
The game got off to a slow start, with SE crawling to a 6-0 lead with 15:06 to play in the half.
The Storm would lead the entire first half, pushing the edge out to a first-half-high eight points on an Oliveira jumper with 1:39 to play that set he halftime score at 23-15.
A Kohli jumper on SE’s first possession pushed the lead to double-figures, and a Roussell three with 18:00 to play would give the Storm a 12 point lead, its largest of the contest.
Southeastern would lead by 10 points with 9:15 to play before SNU mounted a 13-23 run to take a 44-43 lead with 4:14 to play.
Andris Misters would respond with a three to regain the lead for SE with 3:21 to play.
SE would later push that advantage back to five points with 1:35 to play on a Kohli jumper.
A pair of SNU free throws would again close the edge to just one possession, but Roussell would go to the line with two seconds to play and hit a pair of free throws to fashion he 52-47 final score.
Women: Southeastern Rally Falls Short at SNU
Southeastern rallied from a double-digit second half deficit against Southern Nazarene, but was unable to complete the comeback, falling 87-81 on Saturday afternoon in Bethany, Okla.
The loss drops the Savage Storm to 10-14 overall on the season and 8-10 in Great American Conference play.
SE trailed by 12 points four minutes into the second half, but slowly whittled the deficit away, getting as close as one point on a pair of occasions.
The Storm trailed by eight points with 40 seconds to play, but eventually cut the gap to just three points with 25 seconds to play after threes from Bailey Welch and Ronay English, but that was as close as it would get as SNU hit a free throw with 22 seconds left and got an offensive rebound and a put back on a missed three throw with 21 to play.
Welch paced all scorers with 24 points in the contest with three three pointers along with a 9-of-10 performance from the free throw line.
Cheree Kiser came off the bench with 18 points on an 8-of-14 shooting night, while English added 15 points thanks to three three pointers of her own.
Emily Williams led SE on the boards with six rebounds, while Taylor Richards and Breana Small-Peppers each added five.
Richards dished out a team-high five assists while Welch added three.
The Storm took a 16-4 edge in points off turnovers, but SNU answered that with a 13-3 advantage in second chance points.
The teams traded buckets out of the gate with SE taking a 7-6 lead before the Crimson Storm used an 11-4 run to mount a 24-11 edge with 11:24 to play in the first half.
Southeastern would eventually cut the deficit back down to six points, but another SNU run would leave the Storm trailing 44-31 with 2:16 to play.
SE would get the halftime deficit to nine points thanks to a Welch three with one second remaining.
The lead would grow back to double-digits early in the second half and SNU would hold a 57-45 edge with 16:23 to play.
The Storm would chip away and close the gap to 71-70 on a pair of Welch free throws with 6:14 to play.
SNU would answer that with a three and Kiser would come back and convert an old-fashioned three-point play to once again close the gap to one point with 5:19 to play.