For the first time in 33 years, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s basketball team had a new head coach on the sidelines as it opened its 2016-17 season with a 72-53 loss to the University of Tulsa on Wednesday.
Senior center John Moon led the Eagles with a team high of 21 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots in his 27 minutes of play.
Despite 19 rebounds by the Oklahoma Christian guards, Tulsa outrebounded the Eagles 52-47.
“It was good to see them go against size like that,” Head Basketball Coach Cory Cole said. “Our guys are tough and that will be one trait we work on all season.”
During Cole’s Oklahoma Christian coaching debut, the Eagles led as late as the 13:30 mark in the first half after senior Keilan Horton hit the Eagles’ only 3-pointer of the night, before Tulsa went on a 14-3 run. At halftime, Tulsa pulled ahead 40-23.
The Eagles were 1-15 from the 3-point range and 20-71 from the field. Junior Marcus Mathieu, Horton and junior Jaquan Dupree each managed six points apiece for Oklahoma Christian and junior Zach Norris grabbed seven rebounds.
The Eagles will host Southwestern University in the homecoming game in the Eagles’ Nest, Saturday at 3 p.m.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.