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  • Annual rivalry once again goes to OBU

  • The Oklahoma Baptist University basketball squads got out the brooms on Thursday night and swept up St. Gregory’s in the first installment of the 2010-2011 Holy War on MacArthur Street at the W.P. Woods Fieldhouse.

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  • The Oklahoma Baptist University basketball squads got out the brooms on Thursday night and swept up St. Gregory’s in the first installment of the 2010-2011 Holy War on MacArthur Street at the W.P. Woods Fieldhouse.
    The Lady Bison ended a seven-game losing skid with a 72-50 win and the Bison stormed from 13 points down in the second half to pull out a 77-73 thriller.
    In the nightcap, the St. Gregory’s Cavaliers gave the defending NAIA national champions all they could handle and then some.
    OBU jumped to an early 6-0 lead after two minutes of play, but the Cavs, behind the stellar play of Fayzon Richey, chipped away and seized the lead at the 16:42 mark with the score at 7-6. St. Gregory’s steadily built on the lead throughout the remainder of the half and took a 37-27 lead into intermission. Richey scored 13 points in the half and was 5-of-8 from the field in the process.
    “They (SGU) do a great job of getting Richey looks,” said Bison head coach Doug Tolin. “I thought they came out and played a great game.” Richey finished the game as the high scorer with a 30-point effort. Richey was 10-of-16 from the field and hit seven of 10 from the charity stripe.
    The Cavaliers continued to build on their good fortune early in the second half and expanded the lead to its crest of 42-29 on a Richey duece with 17:31 left in the game.
    That’s when the Bison turned up the heat and looked to the middle for answers. They found it in Kevin Swinton. The 6-8 Swinton scored OBU’s first six points of the half and cut the lead to under 10 points on a ferocious two handed dunk at the 16:23 mark.
    That lit a fuse under the Bison, who slowly but surely chipped away at the Cavaliers lead and personal foul limits.
    “I thought we really competed tonight when things weren’t going our way,” said Tolin. “One good thing that was happening was that we were getting them in foul trouble.”
    That began to shake out in the second half as St. Gregory’s had four players foul out of the contest, but the Bison struggled to take full advantage of the situation. The Bison shot just 56.8 percent from the foul line, hitting 24 of 44 attempts.
    The Cavaliers, on the strength of Richey and an eight-point outburst from reserve Tony Walker, kept the Bison at arms length until the 6:30 mark.
    The Bison turned up the defensive heat and went on a 11-0 run in the next four minutes of play and took their first lead of the second half 69-67 on a Swinton follow-shot. Swinton finished with 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
    St. Gregory’s hit just one field goal and two free throws in the final two minutes of play to fall short of the upset win. The Bison hit 6-of-10 free throws in the last 1:39, just enough to come away with the win.
    Page 2 of 2 - Richey was joined in double figures by Brandon Jackson with 13 and Dylan Lemley’s 10.
    Maurice Foster posted 19 points for the Bison and Tim Bowman hit for a dozen.
    With the Bison win and an Oklahoma City University loss on Thursday, OBU takes sole possession of the early SAC lead at 3-0.
    In the opener, the Lady Bison limped into the contest on the heels of a seven-game losing skid but stormed out with a 72-50 win.
    “It feels good to get a win,” said Lady Bison head coach John McCullough. “We finally played with some emotion tonight.”
    St. Gregory’s jumped to a lead on the back of Leticia Silva. Silva scored 16 of her game-high 26 points in the first half of play.
    The Lady Cavaliers took a 11-6 lead with 14:32 remaining in the half which turned out to be their biggest maragin of the game.
    From that point on, the Lady Bison took control of the game and did so on the inside-outside play of Samantha Smith and Lauren Crenshaw.
    Oklahoma Baptist out-scored the Lady Cavaliers 34-12 to take a comfortable lead of 40-23 into intermission.
    The Lady Cavaliers could never threaten in the second half as the Lady Bison earned their first conference win of the season. OBU moves to 2-7 overall and stand at 1-2 in SAC play.
    Smith was the inside threat for the Lady Bison as she tallied 21 points on a 9-of-11 shooting effort. Crenshaw hit the Lady Cavs from the outside, scoring 20 points, including three treys.
    Silva was the Lady Cavs’ only double digit scorer. Nicole Harris chipped in nine for the home team.
    The Lady Cavaliers fall to 1-2 in conference play and 5-4 overall.

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