Tenth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist dropped its third game in the last four, losing Thursday to No. 25 Rogers State, 72-60.


Tenth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist dropped its third game in the last four, losing Thursday to No. 25 Rogers State, 72-60.
“We didn’t play as well as I thought we would tonight in a big game,” said OBU Coach Doug Tolin. “We got outplayed in a number of areas.”
OBU had four assists and 14 turnovers.
“We didn’t move the ball well. We get the formula going and things start going well and then we get away from it. And we couldn’t string two stops together in the second half.”
OBU led by as many as eight points in the first half before the Hillcats ended the half on a 13-2 run to lead 30-27 at halftime. The Bison never saw the lead again, trailing by 14 late in the second half.
OBU’s bench was out-scored 21-4 with Jacobi Isham posting both of those field goals for the Bison. OBU entered the game as the NAIA leader in three-point percentage, but shot a woeful 13 percent for the game.
Maurice Foster led OBU with 19 points, while Kevin Swinton, who has made his last 17 free throw attempts, added 15 points, including seven from the stripe. Derick Echols had 11 points.
Rogers State was led by defending SAC Player of the Week John Boyd with 18 points.
The loss trims OBU’s lead in the Sooner Athletic Conference to one game over both Southern Nazarene and Rogers State. OBU has the head-to-head tiebreaker over SNU and the second tiebreaker is record against the league’s best teams, starting from the top. OBU has the edge on RSU as it stands right now, with a sweep of SNU.
OBU needs one win in its last two games to clinch a share of the regular season crown. OBU, now 21-7 overall and 15-5 in the SAC, plays at Northwestern Thursday and finishes the regular season at home against Oklahoma Christian on Saturday.


OBU Women
OBU lost the season series with Rogers State, losing 80-63 Monday night.
The Lady Bison were without injured rebound-leader Sam Smith and her absence was evident in 16 RSU offensive rebounds and a 45-28 lead in the rebounding column.
Despite a few OBU runs, the Hillcats led 36-25 at halftime.
The Lady Bison opened the second half with back-to-back Bridget Reynolds baskets to trim the lead to 36-29.
Rogers State quickly pushed the lead back to 16 and OBU never got closer than nine points from there.
“We didn’t have Sam, but I thought our girls played with a lot of heart and competed,” said OBU Coach John McCullough. “We just didn’t hit some open shots.”
Reynolds and Gabby Mattox led the Lady Bison with 18 points each, combing for 11 of 23 shooting from the field. The remainder of the team was 9-of-32.
Logan Froese and Angie Criner led Rogers State with 16 points each.
The loss prevents the Lady Bison from moving into sixth place, staying in seventh at 8-12 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. OBU has a one-game lead on both Oklahoma Christian and Mid-America Christian with two games left.
The 10-18 Lady Bison play at Northwestern Thursday at 6 p.m. OBU can secure a postseason spot with a win at home against Oklahoma Christian on Saturday and can wrap up sixth or seventh with wins Thursday and Saturday.