Bison to host Southern Nazarene tonight

Brian Johnson
Sports Editor
Oklahoma Baptist University’s Jaquan Simms delivers a shot against Southeastern Oklahoma State in a recent game.    

Playing league-leading teams in the friendly confines of the Noble Complex, has been commonplace for the Oklahoma Baptist University Bison recently.

For the second straight home game, OBU will face the top team in the Great American Conference tonight as they tangle with the Southern Nazarene University Crimson Storm at 7:30.

The women’s game will take place at 5:30 p.m.

It was a week ago in which the Bison men edged then GAC leading Southeastern Oklahoma State and came away with a 64-63 decision on Dishon Lowery’s basket with 1.3 seconds to go off a Rashad Lewis assist.

Since then, OBU went on the road and suffered a 76-64 GAC loss at Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday. Meanwhile, SNU went on the road and handed Southeastern its second straight loss, knocking the Savage Storm from the perch of the conference.

The Crimson Storm, 18-6 on the season and 12-4 in the GAC, are led by 6-foot, 4-inch senior Jhonathan Dunn, who is third in the nation in NCAA Division II with a 27.1 scoring average. Dunn is the school’s all-time leading scorer and has won a record-tying seven GAC Player of the Week Awards this season. He is shooting 53% from the floor, 47.3% from 3-point range and 85.7% from the free-throw line.

SNU’s only other player averaging in double figures this year is Micah Speight with an 18.3 average. He also has collected 126 assists on the season.

The Bison, 14-8 and 9-7, are in fifth place in the conference and led by Jaquan Simms, who sports an 12.8 scoring average. He is shooting 42.2% from the floor, 40.3% from 3-point land and 74.4% from the charity stripe.

Harrison Stoddart and Lewis followed with 11.5 and 11.2 scoring averages. Stoddart is also averaging 5.6 boards while shooting 51.8 from the field, 37.7% from outside the arc and 83.9% from the line. Lewis has 82 total assists on the year.

OBU and the Crimson Storm met earlier this season on Jan. 17 in Bethany with host SNU coming away with a 79-62 win. Dunn poured in 28 points on 9-of-16 field-goal shooting in that contest, was 3-of-7 from 3-point land and finished 7-of-8 from the line. Speight followed with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-7 makes from long range, and 1-of-1 free shots. He also collected seven assists.

Simms led the Bison in that game with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor (3-of-6 from outside the arc) and Lewis followed with 17 as he also knocked down three treys.

The OBU women will try to notch their second GAC win as they battle the Crimson Storm.

SNU is 14-6 and 11-5 and the Bison are 5-17 and 1-15.

Jaycee Soap tops the Crimson Storm in scoring with a 13.2 average while shooting 43.7% from the field, 46.1% from outside the 3-point line and 70.9% free shots. Sonia Sarda owns an 11.8 average and Alexus Jones is at 10.8 with a 7.3 rebounding average.

Sarda tallied 18 points and Soap ended up with 15 as SNU downed OBU, 65-50, on Jan. 17 in Bethany. Mckenzie Cooper led the Bison with 17 points, including three treys, while Jaylin Stapleton tacked on 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Cooper is averaging 14.2 points for OBU, followed by Stapleton at 11.3.

Following tonight’s action, the Bison will be at home with East Central University on Saturday. The women’s game tips off at 1 p.m. with men’s action to follow at approximately 3 o’clock.