In a game with 14 lead changes and 11 ties, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s basketball team fell 75–70 to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Nov. 21.
Freshman Sebastien Davet led all scorers for the Eagles with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
After the Drovers took the lead 69–68 with 3:35 left in the game, Oklahoma Christian scored just two points. Junior Jordan Box scored the final two points for the Eagles, bringing his total to 12 points, along with two steals.
Senior Elijah Strickland was the third and final Eagle to score in double figures, posting 13 points and five rebounds.
Junior Roderick Smith and sophomore Will Lienhard both neared a double-double, Smith with nine points and 10 rebounds and Lienhard with seven points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Despite starting the season out with an 0–4 record, the Eagles beat previously undefeated rival Southern Nazarene University 76–69 Nov. 25.
Strickland led the team in scoring, putting up a career tying 26 points. He put the game away late with a pair of free throws in the final minutes as the Eagles closed the game on a 10–1 run.
Smith was the only other player for Oklahoma Christian to score in double figures with 15 points and put up six rebounds. Lienhard added six points, eight rebounds and four blocks off the bench.
The Eagles turned the ball over 10 times in the game, compared to the 21 committed by the Crimson Storm. Oklahoma Christian capitalized on the turnover differential, scoring 28 points off of the 21 Crimson Storm turnovers. .
Up until the 10–1 run the Eagles put on in the final stretch of the game, there were 16 different lead changes.
Strickland and junior Charles Shaw both hit two free throws in the final two minutes of play to finish the game for the Eagles.
Also playing over the Thanksgiving break, the Lady Eagles traveled to San Angelo, TX to play against Texas A&M University–Kingsville and won 86–66 Nov. 24.
Oklahoma Christian had four players score in double digits, including junior Addy Clift who led the team in points with 21, including 15 from three-point range, also contributing four rebounds, one steal and one block.
Freshman Maddison Collyer posted her first career double double with 10 points and 13 assists. She also added six rebounds.
Freshman Tyra Peck put up 10 points and six rebounds and freshman Katie Mayo added another 10 points, five boards and two blocks.
The Lady Eagles controlled the game almost the whole way through, as there were only five lead changes throughout the game.
After winning their first game of the season against Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Lady Eagles fell to Angelo State University 85–70 Nov. 25.
Clift again led the team in scoring with 31 points, but the team shot just 32.9 percent from the field.
Sophomore Megan Shelton was the only other player for Oklahoma Christian to score in double figures, posting 11 points.
Angelo State outrebounded the Lady Eagles 60–38 and had advantages in almost every other statistical category.
Collyer had eight points, six assists and four rebounds.
The Eagles will stay home to play Manhattan Christian College Nov. 28, while the Lady Eagles will travel to Emporia, KS to play Emporia State University Nov. 29. The men’s game tips off at 7 p.m. in the Nest.