Hicklen’s 31 powers Oklahoma Baptist to OT victory in season finale

By Adam Ewing | shawneestandard@gmail.com

SHAWNEE – Jarius Hicklen was lights out, scoring a career-high 31 points in Oklahoma Baptist’s 101-98 overtime victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon.

The win gives Jason Eaker’s squad 14 wins and an already secured No. 1 seed in the GAC conference tournament.

“Winning 13 of our last 14 games is such a testament to all their hard work, toughness and character,” Eaker said.

OBU shot an efficient 34 of 66 (52%) from the field, including 17 of 25 (68%) in the second half. The Bison knocked down 10 treys and 23 of 32 at the charity stripe.

On the other end, SWOSU was 34 of 75 (45%) from the field and 15 of 30 (50%) from deep. The Bulldogs knocked down 15 three-pointers in the loss.

Along with a career-high on the offensive end, Hicklen chipped in seven rebounds and two steals.

Harrison Stoddart put a stamp on his career at Bison Hill with his seventh double-double of the 2021 campaign. The senior chipped in 15 points and 10 boards in the winning effort.

Nigel Wilcox was the second Bison to record a double-double in the season finale. Wilcox filled the stat sheet with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists one block and one steal.

Jordan Thompson added 13 points and four dimes.

Brantly Thompson and Jaquan Simms finished with 10 points apiece.

OBU concludes the regular season at 14-4 overall and 14-3 in the GAC. They will be the No. 1 seed in the Western Division and will await the winner of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist. Those teams will square off Monday evening.

The quarterfinal match up is scheduled for March 3 at the Noble Complex in Shawnee. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

*Game recap on obubison.com contributed to this article.

Final Score (OT), Bison 101, Bulldogs 98

Southwestern Oklahoma State (7-10, 7-10)3653998
Oklahoma Baptist (14-4, 14-3)365312101

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Points-OBU, Jarius Hicklen 31, Harrison Stoddart 15, Nigel Wilcox 13, Jordan Thompson 13, Brantly Thompson 10, Jaquan Simms 10, Trey Green 5, Trace Boling 2, Jack Pruitt 2. SWOSU, Tauriawn Knight 23, Bralyn James 17, Damion Thornton 15, Khobe Austin-Johnson 15, Kamden Gipson 15, Chris Braggs Jr. 4, Mason Hart 4, Jaylan Williams 3, Phill Baker 2.

Rebounds-OBU, Wilcox 11, Stoddart 10, Hicklen 7, B. Thompson 7, Green 4, J. Thompson 2, Simms 2, Boling 1, Justin Tene 1. SWOSU, Thornton 8, Gipson 5, Knight 4, Austin-Johnson 2, Braggs Jr. 2, Hart 2, Williams 2, James 1, Livingston Cleare 1.

Assists-OBU, B. Thompson 5, J. Thompson 4, Wilcox 3, Simms 3, Stoddart 2, Green 2. SWOSU, Austin-Johnson 5, Gipson 3, JAmes 2, Thornton 1, Braggs Jr. 1, Williams 1.

Steals-OBU, B. Thompson 2, Hicklen 2, Wilcox 1. SWOSU, Thornton 2, Knight 2, James 1, Braggs Jr. 1, Butler 1.

Blocks-OBU, B. Thompson 1, Hicklen 1, Wilcox 1, Tene 1. SWOSU, Braggs Jr. 1, Austin-Johnson 1, Hart 1.