“It will take some time, but as long as guys buy into what he wants to do, they'll get it figured out sooner or later,” Birmingham said.
*Northeastern State kicker Drew Patton had an eventful game Saturday.
After making two field goals in the first half of the RiverHawks' victory against Central Oklahoma, Ashton Dandy blocked his third attempt in the third quarter to keep it a one-possession game.
Still, Patton hit the game-winning field goal with 1:53 remaining.
“They were coming up the middle all game; they had a good rush,” Patton said. “Honestly, the last kick it wasn't as high as I'd liked it to be been, but I couldn't have done it without my line. It was a chip shot. I just had to get it up and in there.”
On top of the block, Patton had to deal with the strong winds.
“It was brutal out there,” he said. “It added about probably 20 yards on a field goal with the wind and took off probably about 30 against it. You really had to drive the ball. It cut down on my range a lot against it.”
Northeastern finished its season 4-6. The RiverHawks won their last four games.
*Southern Nazarene has won 13 consecutive games against Oklahoma Christian in women's basketball, including a 73-68 decision Tuesday night at Sawyer Center in Bethany. Annie Kassongo, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, had a triple double for SNU. She had 14 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocked shots. Oumoul Thiam added 31 points for the Crimson Storm (2-0).
*Redshirt freshman Seth Heckart came off the bench Thursday to lead Central Oklahoma to an 88-70 men's rout over Southwestern Christian. Heckart had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds. The Woodward product totaled seven steals, falling one shy of tying the school record shared by four players. David Thomas was the last to do it, in 2007 vs. Abilene Christian.
*The Oklahoma Baptist women had seven players in double-figure scoring Thursday night while crushing Dallas Christian, 114-36. Diamond Austin had a career-best 24 points for the Bison, who out-rebounded Dallas Christian 53-26 and forced 34 turnovers. OBU led 66-13 at the half.