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By Ray Fink
Director of Athletics Communications 

Bison Open with Road Win


November 12, 2017

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Oklahoma Baptist rallied from 15 points down and claimed an 88-73 win over host Southwest Baptist in the MIAA-GAC Crossover Friday.

Britt Hammons debuted with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead five Bison in double-figure scoring.

"The ball was kind of sticky and we weren't moving much in those first 10 minutes. But when we started trusting our movement, things started happening for us," said Bison Coach Quinn Wooldridge. "Britt had a good night. He can do a lot of different things well."

OBU hit 17 three-pointers, setting a new NCAA era high-water mark for the team, who had no more than 13 in a game in its previous two NCAA seasons. Freshmen Brantley Thompson (4-4) and Harrison Stoddart (3-3) were a combined 7-7 from the arch as OBU shot 53 percent from three-point land.

Chandler Rickey scored nine points and had seven rebounds but his presence was very evident.

"Chandler just has that reputation now," Wooldridge said. "Whenever he set a ball screen and moved to the basket, he took two guys with him every time and that left Brantley and Harrison wide open. We took 32 three-point shots and about 29 of them were open."

Southwest Baptist used an 8-0 run to help build a 21-6 lead over the first five minutes of the game. While the Bison made a couple of runs at that lead in the first half, the Bearcats got a jumper with a second left before halftime to take a 43-32 lead.

SBU led by as many as 13 points in the second half but Travon Moore scored six points and Chandler Rickey tacked on five in a 17-6 Bison run to cut the lead to 52-50 with 14:46 remaining.

SBU pushed the lead back out to eight points, but a 10-0 Bison run gave OBU a 61-59 lead with 10:57 to go. Hammons had four points and Thompson canned a three-pointer to cap the run.

The teams exchanged the lead a couple of times before Thompson again hit a three-pointer for a 72-69 lead with 4:53 remaining.

OBU scored the final 11 points of the game to secure their first season opening win against an NCAA Division II opponent.

"The last two years, it's not like we weren't fighting hard, but this year we've got a little better mix of people on offense and some guys willing to go hard after rebounds," Wooldridge said.

Moore had 17 points in the game with Vladimir Nemcok adding 13, Thompson 12 and Stoddart 11.

Chandler Rickey scored nine points and pulled in seven rebounds.

Nemcok led the Bison with nine assists and tied Hammons with four steals. Rickey and Hammons each blocked two shots.

OBU, now 1-0, takes on Lincoln (0-1) Saturday at 2 p.m.


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