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Eagles win big; Women drop two

With minutes until Thanksgiving, senior John Moon extended his streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot to 56 with five rejections in Oklahoma Christian University men’s basketball team win against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Moon put up 26 points and eight rebounds to add to his five blocks in 30 minutes of play. In addition, five Eagles posted points in the double digits to bring the team to a 96-65 victory. This was their second win on the year and brings them to a .500 record, 2-2, on the year thus far.

Senior Keilan Horton scored 14 points, junior Jaquan Dupree scored 13, freshman Dorian Lopez put up 13 and added nine rebounds and sophomore Jordan Box had 11 points and six assists. The Eagles shot 47.7 percent, 31-65, from the field and 40.9 percent, 9-22, from the 3-point range.

Oklahoma Christian limited the Drovers on the offensive end, holding them to shooting 31 percent for the game and 13 percent from the 3-point arc.

Moon went 7-8 from the field and a perfect 12-12 at the free-throw line. This performance moved him into 21st place on the Oklahoma Christian all-time scoring list with 1,487 points.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first two minutes of play, and after a timeout for the Drovers, they answered with another run, 12-2, and extended the lead 19-6 by the 13-minute mark. The lead never dropped below double digits for Oklahoma Christian after that.

At halftime, the Eagles led 49-22 and the Drovers never came within 25 points as all but one player who saw the court scored.

The Eagles will play again on Nov. 29th when they host Manhattan Christian University. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Despite a career high scoring night for sophomore Addy Clift, the Lady Eagles still failed to overcome the high percentage shooting of Arkansas Tech University.

The Lady Eagles kept up with Arkansas Tech for the first 14 minutes of the game, thanks in-part to Clift nailing her first four 3-pointers to finish the game with 27 points.

The third of those three shots gave Oklahoma Christian their last lead, 21-10 with 8:15 remaining in the second quarter, and the fourth tied the game up at the 6:47 mark, 24-24. The Golden Suns held the Lady Eagles scoreless for nearly four minutes on their way to building an 11-point lead, which would not drop below double digits for the remainder of the game.

Oklahoma Christian trailed 42-30 at halftime and by a 61-44 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. The Lady Eagles cut into the lead and brought it within 68-57 with 3:21, but that was as close as it came.

No Oklahoma Christian player outside of Clift scored in double digits. Seniors McKenzie Stanford, Sarah Parker and Kylee Hicks all scored eight points each.

Those eight points proved enough to move Stanford into 19th place on the Oklahoma Christian all-time scoring list with 1,239 points.

In their second game before the break for the Lady Eagles, Clift matched her career high in points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Texas Woman’s University.

Oklahoma Christian lead for most of the game before the Pioneers rallied for a late 13-point push, which was capped off by a last-second layup with 6.1 seconds left to go, up 80-78 that would be the nail in the Lady Eagles’ coffin.

The Lady Eagles shot 46.7 percent on the game but the Texas Women’s team bested that number, going 60.4 percent for the game.

Stanford missed a 22-foot jumper at the game’s final buzzer, with the Lady Eagles dropping their third game of the season.

The Lady Eagles controlled the game until the second half, holding a 62-49 lead with 1:10 left in the third quarter of the game. However, the Pioneers found ways to get open near the 3-point arc and made those baskets count as the brought the game within a single basket, 69-67 with 4:39 left to play.

Clift pulled the lead back in favor of Oklahoma Christian twice in the final four minutes of play, once with a 3-pointer and the other with a layup with 31.6 seconds left. In the final seconds, the Pioneers ran down the clock before hitting the go-ahead layup to take the game.

Parker had 16 points, five rebounds and five steals, freshman Megan Shelton put up a career high in points with 11, junior Audrey Hayes had 10 points and four steals and Stanford posted five points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Eagles will play Nov. 28th, hosting the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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