Bulldogs fight hard, lose close one to OBU 76-74
Updated: Jan 22
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The SWOSU Bulldogs looked to stay undefeated today and continue this impressive start. They started out slow as Oklahoma Baptist held a 3-0 lead for about 3 minutes. Finally, Chris Braggs was able to break the scoring drought with 15:58 to go as he had a breakaway layup. That was about it for the first 5 and a half minutes as the score was 5-2, OBU at the first media timeout. Braylan James and Chris Braggs began to pick up the intensity on the offensive end as Braggs fought for rebounds and James played strong inside.
The ball game remained tied as neither offense could find their rhythm and with 12 minutes to go it was 5-5. After that timeout, a spark was ignited as both teams hit shots and OBU led 11-8 with just under 10 to go. SWOSU couldn’t seem to buy a bucket halfway through the first as they were shooting 17.6% with 8:21 to go.
Thornton also did his part, blocking a shot and then hitting a quick shot at the other end tying the ball game up, then Livingston Cleare hit a 3, his first of the season, to give the Dawgs the lead with 5 and a half to go.
The offenses seemed to settle in and the scoring came much more often. SWOSU held a 2-point lead with 2:30 to go in the 1st half. With a minute to go, SWOSU pushed to an 8-point lead only to see it trickle back down to a 1-point lead at the end of 1.
SWOSU moved up and down the floor early but couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the hoop as OBU would jump out to a 6-point lead with 17:01 to go. But SWOSU was able to cut into it with a 3-point play from Braggs. That would be the difference at the under 16 media timeout as OBU led 41-38. James continued to get it done on the inside with a tough finish inside with 13 minutes to go to bring SWOSU within 2. OBU continued to hold the lead with steady offense at the 11-minute mark, 48-52.
The Bison pulled out to a 9-point lead as held it for a time, but SWOSU was able to cut it back to 4 at 62-58 with 7:10 to go. This was the difference for about 3 and a half minutes as OBU continued to stay in front. Despite great looks, the story remained the same for the Bulldog offense up to that point: not being able to put the ball in the basket.
The Dawgs fought hard to keep it reachable and with 17 seconds to go, Thornton hit both to bring it within 2 at 74-72. A few free throws and layups, OBU would win the game on a SWOSU turnover and lose their first game of the year, 76-74.
Thornton ended with 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Harrison Stoddard of the Bison led all scorers with 27 points.
SWOSU heads to Durant, Okla. on January 21st for their 2nd meeting with Southeastern Oklahoma State. That game is set to begin at 7:30pm.