Bulldogs drop two straight, fall to SEOSU 85-65
Picture Creds: SWOSU Athletics
The SWOSU Bulldogs headed out east to Durant, Okla. to face in-state rival Southeastern Oklahoma State and looked to improve upon their 3-1 record. It started out with a 3-pointer from Jaylan Williams and then a strong drive by Damion Thornton. At the first media timeout, SEOSU led by 1, 5-6.
SEOSU came out of that timeout and hit a huge 3 to take back the lead, but with strong, physical play from Chris Braggs, the Dawgs were able to keep it close and stay within 2-points at the next break. With steady offense and tough defense, the Dawgs were able to regain the lead with 7:05 in the first half at 24-22. Then Tauriawn Knight nailed a deep, step-back 3 to make it a 5-point lead at the under 8 media timeout.
New addition to the team, Tanner Meraz, made an instant impact in his first valuable minutes as he added an assist, a rebound, and a 3 for the Bulldogs to give them a 6-point lead with just over 5-minutes to play. SWOSU would take a big stand on defense to hold a 3-point lead at the half at 40-37.
Both offenses came out firing in the 2nd half and within the first 3-minutes, both teams had combined for 21-points and SEOSU took the lead 51-47. The Savage Storm didn’t stop, as a big 3 pushed the lead to 7 at the under 16 media timeout. The Dawgs picked it up defensively, but the lead remained 7 with 13:08 to go in the game.
The momentum continued to go back and forth as both teams settled in for what would be a close ballgame. Adam Dworsky hit a massive 3-pointer to extend the SEOSU lead to 5 with just under 10 minutes to go. The Dawgs offense seemed to go cold for about 4 minutes as they just couldn’t buy a bucket, but Chris Braggs with an unbelievable shot broke that cold streak and cut the lead down to 5-points.
That would be the last point for the Dawgs for the rest of the game as it seemed that nothing the team could do was enough to put the ball in the hoop. The Savage Storm would coast to an easy 20-point win over the Dawgs, 85-65.
Their next game is set for Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in Weatherford, Okla. when East Central comes to town. This will be the 2nd time the Dawgs have faced ECU this season.