STARS SUFFER UPSET LOSS
•Former Mannford High standout Lauren Rogers had seven points and a rebound in the final 1:56, helping John Brown (Ark.) upset top-seeded Oklahoma City 66-62 on Friday in the Sooner Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals.
Rogers finished with 21 points for the Eagles (25-6), who will play Oklahoma Baptist (27-5) at 4 p.m. Saturday in the championship game at the Noble Complex in Shawnee. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NAIA Championships.
OCU, ranked fifth in the nation, fell to 22-4. The Stars, who had 29 points from Yvonte Neal, will wait and see if they receive an at-large bid to the national tournament.
•Sixth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist advanced to the SAC finals with an 84-69 rout of Wayland Baptist (Texas). Charity Fowler, a junior guard from Asher, collected a career-high 32 points to go along with 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
•The Oklahoma Baptist men’s team moved a win closer to advancing to its 14th consecutive NAIA Championships. The Bison received a triple-double from Kendall Parks during a 92-88 SAC semifinal victory Friday over Mid-America Christian.
Parks had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as OBU (17-15) clinched as spot in Saturday’s 7 p.m. title game against Wayland Baptist (Texas). The Pioneers beat the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma 83-77 in the other semifinal.
Central Oklahoma never trailed in its 83-68 victory over Fort Hays State (Kan.) on Friday in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinals in Kansas City, Mo.
UCO (19-9) will play Northeastern State at 6 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. Northeastern State (16-12) advanced by defeating top-seeded Central Missouri 84-82.
Josh Gibbs led UCO with 34 points. Jarred Bairstow added 11 rebounds for the Bronchos, who were 0-2 vs. Fort Hays State during the regular season.
OU SINKS NO. 1 BUCKEYES
Oklahoma coach John Roddick said his men’s tennis team is capable of beating anyone in the country — and that proved true Friday when the Sooners stunned top-ranked Ohio State 4-1 at the Headington Family Center in Norman.
OU (13-1) picked up singles wins from Axel Alvarez, Guillermo Alcorta, Andrew Harris and Austin Siegel. The doubles teams of Alcorta and Alvarez and Peerakit Siributwong and Nick Papac added victories to send the Buckeyes to their first dual loss of the season.
From Staff Reports