Never say never. The Oklahoma Baptist University Bison finished as the outright Sooner Athletic Conference champion with a thrilling 73-72 win over the Oklahoma Christian Eagles Saturday night at the Noble Complex.


Never say never. The Oklahoma Baptist University Bison finished as the outright Sooner Athletic Conference champion with a thrilling 73-72 win over the Oklahoma Christian Eagles Saturday night at the Noble Complex.
Trailing 72-67 with 13 seconds remaining, the Bison turned to senior Maurice Foster and he delivered — big time.
First, Foster hit a trey off of the backboard from the right wing to cut the Eagles’ lead to 72-70 with eight seconds left. The Bison then fouled Chad Endres with four ticks left. Endres missed both free throws and Foster grabbed his ninth rebound of the game, then drove down the middle of the court, pulled up outside of the 3-point line and hit nothing but net as the final buzzer sounded, sending teammates and students onto the court to celebrate with him.
“I was just trying to get the shot off and it went in,” said Foster about his game-winner.
The contest was close the entire 40 minutes of play and featured five ties and 14 lead changes. The biggest lead by anyone was a 33-26 Oklahoma Christian lead with three minutes left in the first half. Oklahoma Christian held the lead for the majority of the contest and its zone defense was a big reason why. The Bison were held to just 37 percent shooting from the floor and were 9-of-23 from the 3-point line. The Eagles hit at a 49-percent clip from the field.
The Bison did hold an advantage at the charity stripe, hitting 24 of 33 free throws while Oklahoma Christian hit 15 of 21, with three of the misses coming in the final 13 seconds of play.
Foster, who led all scorers with 22 points, was 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Fellow seniors Tim Bowman and Kevin Swinton added 17 and 16 points, respectively.
“They (OC 17-12,11-11) are a good team and this game shows you just how tough this league is,” said Bison head coach Doug Tolin. “Everything went right in the end. We played so well last Thursday, I thought we would come out and play better tonight, but OC probably had a lot to do with that.
The Bison (22-6, 17-5) will hold the top seed at next week’s Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City. The Bison have already earned a spot in the NAIA National Tournament to hopefully defend their title.