Top-ranked Oklahoma Baptist chilled Lubbock Christian’s three-point attack and claimed a Sooner Athletic Conference men’s basketball opener 73-52 in the Noble Complex Thursday.
The Chaps had been 40-of-74 over their last four games from 3-point range, but were frustrated in a 3-of-15 night Thursday.
“We did a good job on defense to guard the 3-point line,” said Bison coach Doug Tolin. “We got a hand up to contest almost every time.”
Chase Adams led the Bison with 21 points while David Johnson contributed 16. Adams also had a team-high eight rebounds.
“I was excited to play my first game in this conference,” said Adams, a transfer from Biola. “I wanted to be active.”
Kendall Parks had five assists to pace the Bison.
The Bison trailed as late as the 13:54 mark of the first half but used a 17-4 run to take control and a 25-14 lead. Adams and Johnson had five points each in that run.
OBU led 32-19 at halftime.
LCU got as close as 11, but two 8-0 OBU runs pushed the lead out to 55-31 and the Bison cruised home from there.
The win extended OBU’s home court win streak to 31 games and put the Bison in a tie with USAO and John Brown at 1-0. The Bison are now 13-2 overall heading into a 3 p.m. start with Wayland Baptist in the Noble Complex Saturday.
Note: Report provided by Ray Fink, OBU sports information director.