Despite Senior John Moon moving up two spots on the Oklahoma Christian University men’s basketball team’s all-time scoring list, the Eagles failed to stop Southern Nazarene University’s 81-60 victory Tuesday night in Bethany, OK.
Moon led the Eagles with 17 points and moved into 19th place on the Oklahoma Christian all-time scorers list. He also added seven rebounds and two blocked shots, extending his streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot to 57.
Senior Keilan Horton put up 13 points and three steals, while junior Marcus Mathieu had 12 points and two steals for the Eagles.
The Eagles fell behind early after scoring the first basket and the Crimson Storm kept their pressure on defense, forcing 23 turnovers from Oklahoma Christian and pushing the Eagles to 3-3 on the season. Oklahoma Christian shot 20 percent on the night and were out-rebounded 41-31 by the Crimson Storm.
The early 2-0 lead was the only time Oklahoma Christian led in the game after Southern Nazarene went on an unanswered 12-2 run. The Crimson Storm had a 45-24 lead going into halftime.
For the first seven minutes of the second half, Southern Nazarene held the Eagles scoreless and at the 10-minute mark, the Crimson Storm led 66-35. Oklahoma Christian responded with 12 consecutive points to draw within 20 points, 66-47, with 7:22 remaining.
“The guys never stopped playing,” Head Coach Cory Cole said. “We just couldn’t put everything together so we are going to work on the little things going forward.”
Oklahoma Christian will host NAIA Central Christian College on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Payne Athletic Center.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.