Oklahoma scene: OCU stuns Oklahoma Baptist
Oklahoma City University eliminates Bison from Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
All five of Oklahoma City University's starters scored in double figures Thursday night, and the Stars upset Oklahoma Baptist 64-60 in the first round of the Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in Shawnee. OCU (15-10) advanced to the semifinals and will play the winner of Thursday's late game between Mid-America Christian and Rogers State. The Friday night semifinal is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Noble Complex on the Oklahoma Baptist campus.
Charlton Jones led the balanced OCU attack with 13 points. He added six rebounds, four assists and two steals against an OBU team that was the tournament's second seed. OBU (24-7) is out of the tournament and will have to wait for a possible at-large bid to the NAIA Championships. The winner of the SAC Tournament earns an automatic bid to nationals.
Chase Adams, who missed back-to-back 3-point attempts in the waning seconds, led OBU with 18 points.
*The University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma remained alive in the postseason, trimming Lubbock Christian 66-63 in a first-round Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament men's game at Shawnee. USAO (17-8) had 14 points each from Brandon Cutler and Dejuan Lofton. Cutler had a game-high 10 rebounds. Lubbock Christian (15-14) had 14 points from Tyler Kennedy.
*John Brown (Ark.) was deadly from 3-point range in its 71-56 rout of St. Gregory's. Abel Galliguez was 6 for 6 from 3-point territory; the Eagles (26-5) made a season-high 16 treys. Fayzon Richey, who finished his college career with more than 2,000 points, had 17 points for St. Gregory's (7-21).
*A SAC Tournament schedule is on page 8C.
OCU WOMEN ADVANCE
Katie Hall had 20 points, and Ravven Brown contributed seven assists as Oklahoma City University whipped Mid-America Christian 80-47 on Thursday in the first round of the Sooner Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament in Shawnee. OCU (25-2) collected 17 steals and forced 27 turnovers. The Stars also out-rebounded Mid-America Christian, 44-30. Chelsea Key and Sarah Martin had 13 points each for the Evangels (14-15).
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