OBU basketball squads on the road to open 2020

From OBU Sports Information
Former Shawnee High School standout and current Oklahoma Baptist University Bison player McKenzie Cooper (20) directs the offense during a game earlier this season against Northwestern Oklahoma State. The OBU women and men return to Great American Conference play at Henderson State tonight.

The Oklahoma Baptist University men’s basketball team will take the floor for the first time in 2020 as it heads to Arkadelphia for a pair of Great American Conference contests beginning on Thursday night against Henderson State followed by a Saturday afternoon tilt with Ouachita Baptist.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday between the Bison and the Reddies while Saturday’s game between the Bison and Tigers is set for 3 p.m., both following the women’s game.. The games will be on KGFF in Shawnee with Todd Miller and James Hill.

It’s been two weeks since OBU last took the floor, the Bison put together a terrific defensive effort in the first half as they built a 25-point lead en route to an 89-62 win over the Central Christian Tigers on Dec. 19 at the Noble Complex, moving their home record to 5-0 including three straight wins to move to 7-3 apverall nd 2-2 in the GAC.

It was a balanced effort all around as Jaquan Simms led the scorers with 13 points including three 3-pointers, four rebounds, and two steals. Dishon Lowery added 12 points and nine boards while Jarius Hicklen and Mohammed Abubakar each had 10 points. Hicklen added three assists while Abubakar had a pair of steals.

Rashad Lewis and Brantly Thompson each had five assists and two steals on the night while Harrison Stoddart, Kurt Hall and Sayvon Milton each poured in seven points. Trey Green and Milton each knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

Simms continues to lead the Bison with 12.6 points per game including an impressive 44% from behind the arc. He also adds 30 assists and 15 steals, both towards the top of the team.

Lewis adds 12.1 points per game to go with a team-leading 37 assists while Stoddart pours in 11.2 points per game to go with 5.7 rebounds per game and a team-leading 15 blocks.

Thompson had come on strong as of late after returning from injury as he enters with 8.8 points per game while Lowery adds 8.5 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. Hicklen contributes 8.4 points per game.

OBU will have a stiff test on Thursday as take on Henderson State, which checks in with a 7-3 record and a 5-0 record at home. The Reddies are 2-2 in GAC play, losing their last two contests on the road. They last played on Dec. 18 at Pittsburg State, earning an 88-78 win.

Chris Parker leads the Reddies with 16.4 points per game to go with 27 assists and 10 steals. Raekwon Rogers checks in with 11.4 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, 11 steals and 10 blocks while Rel Johnson adds 10.9 points per game to go with 11 steals. Quawn Marshall  comes in with 8.9 points per game to go with 21 steals.

Ouachita checks in with a 4-4 record this season including 2-2 on its home floor. The Tigers are 2-2 in GAC play as they’ve won three consecutive games including back-to-back GAC contests over Southern Arkansas and at Harding. Their last contest of 2019 was on Dec. 14 heading into their Thursday night tilt against two-time defending champion Southern Nazarene.

Matt Stanley leads the pack with 10.8 points per game to go with a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per game. Kendarious Smith is right behind Stanley with 10.6 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. Raymond Harris adds 9.3 points per game. Larenz Nero adds 6.8 points per game and a team-leading 23 assists and 13 steals.

The Bison will look to improve on a 2-3 road record and move up the GAC standings, where they currently sit in a five-way tie for fourth.

OBU women seeking first GAC victory

The OBU women’s basketball team, 4-6 on the season and 0-4 in the GAC, opens up 2020 with a pair of road contests at Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

The Bison will take on the HSU Reddies today at 5:30 p.m. and then close out the road trip with the Ouachita Baptist Tigers on Saturday with tip-off coming at 1 p.m. with coverage for both contests on KGFF radio.

Kalifa Ford enters the contests leading the team in points per game at 17.7 and rebounds per game at 8.8.

McKenzie Cooper, Jaylin Stapleton and Ugochinyere Nwarie all follow Ford respectively and average over 10 points per game. Cooper comes in averaging 15.4, Stapleton is at 11.9 and Nwarie rounds out the top four at 1.0.

Mikayla Shulanberger leads the team in steals with 20.