SWOSU Men go over the century mark, beat ECU 118-89 to end 2-game losing streak
Picture Creds: SWOSU Athletics
By Greydon Buhlig
The SWOSU Men’s team headed into their game against East Central looking to end a 2-game losing streak and push their record to 4-2 and climb back into that 1st place spot in the Western Division of the GAC. The Bulldogs would jump out to a 7-0 lead and hold the Tigers scoreless for the first 3-minutes until Jakeem Acres hit 2-free throws to give ECU their first points of the day. At the first media timeout, the Dawgs led 14-4 with 15:04 to go in the 1st half. ECU would play through that early run and cut that lead to 3 with 11:28 to play.
The Dawgs would continue to play efficient offense and push their lead back to 10 with 8:20 remaining in the 1st half. Two straight 3-point plays by the Dawgs saw an 8-point Bulldog lead jump to a 13-point lead as Damion Thornton would get an and-1 and hit the free throw with 6-minutes to play. The Bulldogs would hold a 9-point lead at halftime, 50-41.
The Dawgs would drop 23-points just 5 and a half minutes into the 2nd half and jump out to a 71-56 lead with 14:23 to go in the ball game. They continued to keep their foot on the pedal as they took an 83-61 lead with just under 12 minutes remaining in the half. SWOSU’s defense was relentless, and that gave Thornton an opportunity to throw down a lob to extend the lead to 24 with just under 8 minutes.
For the first time this season, the Bulldogs broke the century mark as Tauriawn Knight’s layup pushed their total to 101 with 6:23 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs would continue to pour on the buckets and extend their lead to 29-points at one point and finished the ball game with a win and a final score of 118-89. This ended a 2-game skid, and put them tied for first in the Western Division of the GAC.
Their next game is slated for Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Alva, Okla. against rival Northwestern Oklahoma State.