SHAWNEE- St. Gregory's (1-2) and Oklahoma Baptist University (1-0) renewed their cross-town rivalry on Friday night in a crowded Sumner Field House. The entire first half of the game was very back-and-forth, but the Bison were able to pull away in the second half for the 81-67 win.
In the first half of the game, there were 4 lead changes and the score was tied 5 times. The Cavaliers were able to take their largest lead of the game with nearly 8 minutes remaining in the first half, as they led 22-16, but OBU caught fire and went on a 19-6 run to close out the half with a 35-28 lead.
In the second half, OBU started shooting much better, and they were able to extend the lead to 18 points. The Cavs put on a late fight in the second half as James Bickers (JR/Tulsa, Okla.) got hot from three point range, but it was too little, too late for the home team.
Neither team shot well in the contest as OBU finished with a .370 field goal percentage, and the Cavs finished with a slightly better .394 field goal percentage. Dispite having a higher field goal percentage, the Cavaliers were killed by poor free-throw shooting, and foul trouble. SGU shot just 6-13 (.462) from the charity stripe, while OBU went 35-47 (.745).
Britt Hammons and Chandler Rickey each had double-doubles to lead the Bison. Hammons finished with 23 points and 10 rebouds and Rickey had 21 points and 10 boards. Caleb Norris scored 13 points and Vladimir Nemcok had 11 points and five assists.
The Bison forced 18 turnovers and Nemcok had three steals.
James Bickers and Gianpaolo Riccio (JR/Avellino, Italy) led the Cavaliers in scoring with 12 points each. Carlos Slaughter (FR/Shawnee, Okla.) finished the game with 10 points and 5 boards. Kilder Gonzalez (SR/Maracaibo, Venezuela) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, to go with his 6 points and 4 assists on offense. Malik Barnett (SR/Midwest City, Okla.) and Todd Smith (JR/Chicago, IL) each finished with 8 points a piece in the loss.
St. Gregory's will take the court again on Nov. 10, when they play at Baker University (Kan.) at 8 PM. The game was an exhibition match for OBU who opens up the regular season next Saturday at Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Mo.