Oklahoma Baptist Limited Jarvis Christian to 30 percent shooting and captured a 69-55 victory in the Noble Complex Monday to end a nine-day dormant spell.
“This was a good game to get our sea legs back,” said OBU Coach Quinn Wooldridge. “They can put up a lot of points in a hurry and our defense stepped up tonight. Our goal is to make every shot a contested shot.”
The Bulldogs came in averaging 82 points per game.
OBU had four players reach double figures in scoring and three in rebounding. Timotis Kuckailis had 15 points and 10 rebounds with Chandler Rickey contributing 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Steven Green led the Bison with 22 points and Vladimir Nemcok had 17 points and seven assists. Jansen Hight pulled down 11 rebounds and had a team-best three steals.
The Bison scored the first 10 points of the game and built a 21-7 lead. The Bulldogs cut the lead to one late in the first half, trailed 27-24 at intermission and tie the score with the first basket of the second half.
OBU never trailed and blew open a two-point game with an 18-2 run to take a 50-32 lead midway through the second half. Green had eight points and Kuckailis five to fuel that spree.
Jarvis Christian cut the lead to eight but could not overcome its foul trouble as the Bison hit 23 of 28 free throws for the game (82 percent).
The Bison out-rebounded their guests 48-38.
Now 3-1 on the season, the Bison return to Great American Conference action Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Arkansas Tech, followed by a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday at Harding.
Jarvis is 1-5 on the season and now 0-8 all-time against the Bison.