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SOSU takes two at OBU

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ARKADELPHIA -- The Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers lost another close game Saturday, a 68-66 defeat to Southeastern Oklahoma State at Bill Vining Arena.

Ouachita (12-11, 8-9 Great American Conference) has lost seven consecutive games to Southeastern (10-12, 8-9). The Lady Tigers' last win against the Savage Storm was more than three years ago.

The Tigers got off to a slow start offensively, only scoring nine total points in the opening quarter. The offense started to click in the second quarter as the Tigers outscored the Savage Storm 15-8 to trail just 25-24 at the break.

Both offenses picked up the tempo in the second half as each team scored 23 points in the third quarter. The visitors led 48-47 to start the fourth.

The two teams went back-and-forth for the majority of the fourth quarter. Each team held the lead and had chances to put the game away.

Southeastern led 51-50 with 6:24 remaining in the game. Katie Branam sank a 3-point basket to spark an 11-2 Savage Storm run. The Tigers attempted to counter with a quick 5-0 run of their own, but it was too late as Southeastern held on for the victory.

Defensively, the Tigers only allowed the visitors to shoot 38.9 percent from the field.

Sophomores Chasidee Owens, of Springdale, and Madison Brittain, Bentonville, were the only Tigers in double-figure scoring. Owens finished with 18 points in the game, while Brittain added 16.

Ouachita will look to get back on the winning track on Thursday against Harding (12-13, 8-9) in a third consecutive home game for the Lady Tigers. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Men

The Ouachita Baptist men's basketball team's inconsistent offense cost them Saturday against Southeastern Oklahoma State in an 88-79 loss inside Bill Vining Arena.

Ouachita (9-13, 7-10) dropped two home games last week to East Central (13-8, 11-6) on Thursday and Southeastern (11-6, 12-10) on Saturday.

Wesley Franklin, a junior from Frisco, Texas, got the Tigers' offense rolling early as he collected the first two buckets of the game. The Savage Storm seized the lead through a 7-0 run.

The Savage Storm held a 25-17 lead at the 9:25 mark before the Tigers' defense held them without a point for more than six minutes of game time. The hosts regained a two-point advantage with a 10-0 run.

Junior Mahlon Martin, a guard from Episcopal Collegiate in Little Rock, hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds to go in the half to give the Tigers the 32-31 lead going into the halftime break.

Franklin scored 17 points in the second half to keep the Tigers in the game, but Southeastern surged ahead.

Markell Henderson hit a 3-pointer with 13:45 to play to give the Savage Storm a seven-point cushion. The margin turned into a 15-point lead and forced Ouachita to call a timeout with 11:55 to play.

The Savage Storm led 71-54 at the 6:35 mark, but the offense fell cold again and did not score for more than four minutes. The scoring drought allowed the Tigers to cut into the lead.

Martin scored nine points in the final minute of play. The Savage Storm made their free throws down the stretch to seal the game.

Franklin ended the evening with 27 points and Martin finished with 17. Senior Jordan Corbitt, of Frisco, Texas, added 11 points and Matt Stanley, a 6-8 freshman from Cabot, contributed another 10.

Jett Jobe had 23 points to lead four Southeastern players in double figures.

The Tigers will be at home again on Thursday to face Harding (4-18, 4-13) at 7:30 p.m. The Bisons were 0-12 and 0-7 in conference before picking up their first win on Jan. 13 against Ouachita in Searcy.

Sports on 02/13/2018

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