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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Faith 7 game promises to be high scoring

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  • If past history is any indication, Saturday’s Faith 7 Bowl will follow in the hallowed all-star game tradition of being a high scoring, no-defense type of affair.
    In six out of the last seven years the winning team has gone over the century mark, with both teams going over 100 points 13 times in the past 25 years.
    Only once has a team failed to reach the 80-point plateau since the 1981 game.
    Surprisingly to most people, Oklahoma leads the all-time series 34-19, including last year’s 101-95 win.
    This year’s game will feature 10 players who will be at Division I schools in the fall, including Bixby’s Mitchell Solomon, who will be at Oklahoma State, and Jamuni McNease of Allen, Texas, who will be playing for Lon Kruger and the Sooners in Norman.
    Although Oklahoma was able to take advantage of its size in last year’s game, forcing the Texans to take a record 33 three-point attempts, this year the team from south of the Red River will have the height.
    The Texans, coached by Allen Simmons and J.D. Mayo, will feature not just the 6-9 McNease, but also 6-9 Tim Priller, an Indiana signee, 6-9, 250-pound Omar Sherman and 6-8 Zach Smith. Sherman will be at Miami (Fla.) next season while Smith will be playing at Texas Tech.
    Oklahoma will counter with the 6-9, 235-pound Solomon, Comanche’s 6-10 Jacob Hammond and the 6-6 Jaz Gayanich of Velma-Alma.
    All three players averaged at least 15 points and 7 rebounds a game last season, with Hammond, a future Nebraska Cornhusker, averaging 24 and 14 per contest.
    In all, Oklahoma has eight players who averaged at least 14 points per game in the 2013-14 season.
    Texas counters with six players who scored at least 17 points per contest last season.
    The most points ever scored in regulation was 134 set by Oklahoma in the 1987 contest, a mark that may be in jeopardy on Saturday night.
    Advanced tickets for the Faith 7 Bowl are now available at the drive-thru windows at area Arvest, BancFirst, First National Bank, First United Bank and Vision Bank. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
    The Faith 7 game will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the Noble Complex on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University.
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