SHAWNEE - Oklahoma Baptist's run to the top of the Great American Conference men's basketball standings was temporarily paused as the Bison were beaten 58-57 by visiting Southern Nazarene.
OBU, winners of its last four games, fell to 8-7 overall and into second place in the GAC at 7-2. The Bison share second with SNU. Both teams trail conference leader Southern Arkansas who is 8-1 in its first nine GAC games.
OBU will next play Saturday at 1 p.m. against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Game time is set for 3 p.m at the Noble Complex in Shawnee.
Brantly Thompson scored 15 points and Davion Turner added 14 as the Bison were limited to their lowest point total of the season. OBU entered the game leading the GAC averaging better than 82 points a contest.
Even with its offensive struggles, OBU stayed in step with the nationally-ranked Redskins. The lead changed six times in the game, including three times in the last two minutes.
OBU's final lead was at 57-55 when Thompson buried his third three-point basket of the game at 1:23 to play.
SNU's Jhonathan Dunn answered for the Crimson Storm when he knocked down a heavily-guarded jumper to go up 58-57 with 25 seconds remaining.
OBU had two opportunities to win the game late but missed on a jumper with eight seconds and turned the ball over as the buzzer sounded.