Buckingham Drops 26 in Road Loss
January 28, 2018
SEARCY, Ark. – Kevin Buckingham turned in a game-high 26 points, but it was not enough to lift Southeastern past Harding as it fell 73-67 on Saturday afternoon in Searcy, Ark.
The loss drops the Savage Storm to 9-9 overall on the year and 8-5 in Great American Conference play.
Buckingham's 26 points came on an 8-of-16 effort from the field with a pair of threes.
Adam Dworsky and A'Torey Everett each turned in 13 points.
Dworsky also led the Storm in assists with five, while SE shot 33.8 percent from the field.
Buckingham rounded out a double-double with a game-high 14 rebounds, while Everett was next in line with six.
Southeastern took the lead out of the gate with back-to-back Everett buckets, but a 7-2 HU run would leave the Storm in a 7-6 hole.
A pair of Buckingham layups would kick off a 10-0 SE run that was capped by back-to-back Dworsky buckets to make it 16-7 with 9:39 to go in the first half.
Harding would erase the Storm lead with a 13-4 run to knot the game at 20-20 with 6:28 to play in the half.
Dworsky would score four straight points and SE would go ahead, but HU would tie the game twice over the final minutes, the last time coming at 31-31 with two seconds to go to make that the halftime tally.
The teams traded buckets to open the second half, but the Bisons put together a 14-0 run over nearly seven minutes to open up a 51-36 lead over the Storm with 10:36 to play.
SE picked up the pace, led by Buckingham, by outscoring HU 20-12, eight from Buckingham, to close the gap to 63-56 with 2:14 to play.
The rally would slow at that point, with the Storm closing the deficit to six points on an Anthony Palmer bucket with three seconds to play to make the final score 73-67.