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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Bison top No. 21 Evangel

  • Oklahoma Baptist passed its sternest test of the season, knocking off No. 21 Evangel, 79-65, Saturday in the Midwest Sporting Goods Classic.
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  • Oklahoma Baptist passed its sternest test of the season, knocking off No. 21 Evangel, 79-65, Saturday in the Midwest Sporting Goods Classic.
     
    The second-ranked Bison shot 53 percent from the field, turned the ball over just 10 times.
     
    “I think that’s the best game we’ve played, by far, this year,” said OBU Coach Doug Tolin. “I thought we defended well, but we didn’t do a great job rebounding. I thought Kendall (Parks) did a good job bothering their point guard.”
     
    The Bison used an 11-0 run early to build an 18-8 lead with five different scorers, but Evangel trimmed the lead to five, 38-33, by halftime.
     
    A Crusader three-pointer by Victor Agbasi put Evangel ahead 43-42 with 16:21 left in the game, but Clinton Houston scored 18 seconds later to give the Bison the lead.
     
    After a 44-44 tie, OBU scored the next eight points with four each from David Johnson and Kameron Price for a 52-44 edge with 11:45 to play.
     
    EU knocked the lead down to six, but a three-point play by Houston triggered a 7-0 run for a 61-48 lead.
     
    The Crusaders again got the margin down to six but the Bison ended the game on a 12-4 run with six points coming from Price at the free throw line.
     
    Four Bison reached double figures in the scoring column, led by Price with 21. Chase Adams added 15, Johnson had 13 and Hayden Darst with 10. Darst extended his season-long free throw streak to 24 makes.
     
    OBU had seven rebounds each from Price and Marques Anderson.
     
    Stephen Cotten led Evangel 17 points and six rebounds. The Crusaders, who handed No. 5 Rogers State its first loss on Friday, is 6-2 on the season. The only other loss is at No. 4 Robert Morris.
     
    The Bison, now 8-0, travel to Las Vegas next weekend to play Cal State-San Marcos on Friday before the rematch of the 2012 NAIA Championship game against Concordia on Saturday.
     
    Note: Report provided by Ray Fink, OBU sports information director.

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