No. 20 Hillcats Take Down No. 9 Bison, 59-55 - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

SPORTS

No. 20 Hillcats Take Down No. 9 Bison, 59-55

Posted: Updated:
SHAWNEE, Oklahoma -

The No. 20 Rogers State men's basketball team stunned No. 9 Oklahoma Baptist and earned the series sweep with a 59-55 win on Saturday evening in Shawnee.

The win marks RSU's first victory over OBU inside Noble Complex in program history. The Bison (19-5, 7-3) rarely lose on their home court with a 101-5 record at Noble Complex since the 2007-08 season.

The game was a battle from start to finish. There were four tie-ups and four lead changes in the second half with neither team gaining a double-digit lead. Sharp shooting from the free throw line was crucial in the Hillcats' victory as they converted 6-of-6 shots from the free throw line in the final minute of the game. With nine minutes to play, the game was tied 36-36 thanks to a made free throw by Donald Williams. The senior guard converted the back side of the free tosses to give the Cats a one-point lead. RSU went on to outscore OBU 7-1 over the next two minutes to take a seven-point lead. The advantage grew to nine points with 1:25 to play thanks to a made free throw by Brian Gibson.

With their backs against the wall, the Bison answered with back-to-back treys by Chase Adams who turned the second three-pointer into a four-point play with a made free throw. Trailing by two with 56 seconds to remaining, OBU fouled to stop the clock. Ken Holdman sunk a pair of free throws and the Cats clung to a four-point lead. The teams traded buckets in the final six possessions with all RSU's points coming at the charity stripe. The Hillcats were unable to get a stop until OBU's final possession of the game. The Bison got three chances to convert a bucket before Brian Gibson and Adams got tied up under the basket, resulting in a jump ball in favor of the Hillcats. With 2.6 seconds remaining, RSU inbound the ball and registered the win.

OBU opened the game with a 6-2 run and clung to a single digit lead for much of the half. The Hillcats outscored OBU 12-2 over the final six minutes of the first stanza to take a 24-22 lead into the locker room at the break.

Holdman led all scorers with 17 points while Kendrell Thompson added 13 points. Despite not making a three-pointer for the first time this season, Williams finished with 10 points. The Hillcats won the battle on the boards 37-28.

Adams led the Bison in scoring with 16 points. OBU shot 42 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • TU Golden Hurricane

    Follow the TU Golden Hurricane! Get sports scores, news and highlights.

  • ORU Golden Eagles

    ORU Golden Eagles fans can find the latest news on the team, scores and video here!

  • OU Sooners

    Find the latest sports news, schedules and more for the OU Sooners now!

  • OSU Cowboys

    Get all your OSU Cowboys information from sports highlights to the latest news & videos.

  • OKC Thunder

    Thunder Up! Get the latest sports news, game highlights, videos and updates on the team.

Powered by WorldNow
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
OKLAHOMA CITY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.