Before Saturday’s game against St. Edward’s University, Oklahoma Christian University men’s basketball senior John Moon received the Heartland Conference Player of the Week award, NCAA Division II Player of the Week award and herosports.com’s Hero of the Week award.
“You just have to stay with the game plan,” Moon said. “If you go out and try to focus on yourself you’re going to take away from the team. You just gotta do whatever the team needs you to do to win.”
The Hilltoppers opened the game on a 22-2 run and the Eagles came no closer than 16 points for the rest of the game. Oklahoma Christian trailed 56-35 at halftime and managed to pull the game back within reach, 86-70, during the second half.
The Eagles fell in the final minutes and the game ended 100-75 in St. Edward’s favor.
Junior Jaquan Dupree put up a career-high 14 points while coming off the bench for the Eagles. Senior Keilan Horton had 13 points and freshman Dorian Lopez had 10 to make four scorers in double-figures for Oklahoma Christian.
“We just have to take it one game at a time,” Moon said. “We have to prepare for each game as if it is going to be the last game we play this season.”
After averaging 30.5 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots over the past two games, Moon led the Eagles with a team-high 24 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Moon’s four blocked shots also put him in a tie for second place with former player Will Reinke at 220. He is just nine rebounds behind the all-time leader Micah Miles, who leads at 229.
“You just have to go in, in attack mode,” Moon said. “If I can get in a good enough position it won’t matter what the defense does, the outcome will be good for our team.”
Next up on the schedule, the Eagles will face St. Mary’s University on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information Office.