OBU dispatches SNU for GAC Western Division crown

SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist outscored Southern Nazarene 46-33 in the second half and pulled away down the stretch to claim an 85-76 victory and clinch the GAC Western Division championship Monday evening.

The win secures OBU with the No. 1 seed in the upcoming GAC Tournament.

OBU clinched the right to host the quarterfinals and semifinals with potential to also host the GAC Championship Game.

OBU shot their second-highest total this season, going 31-of-57 (54%) from the field, including 7-of-20 (35%) from deep, and 16-of-20 (80%) from the charity stripe. OBU outrebounded the Crimson Storm 32-25, including eight offensive boards, and only turned it over 12 times on the night.

On the other end, SNU shot a season-high 28-of-55 (51%), including 10 3-pointers, as well as going 10-of-12 (83%) at the line.

The Bison trailed 43-39 at intermission.

Brantly Thompson responded from a quiet night Saturday with a huge 20-point game on 8-of-13 shooting to go with five boards. Jarius Hicklen scored 20 on 6-of-12 shooting, including three 3-pointers. Nigel Wilcox added 17 points with seven boards. Jaquan Simms chipped in 13 points and four assists.

Harrison Stoddart contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

SNU was led by Adokiye Iyaye with 19 points, while Karlyn Kenner scored 18 points with six boards and a steal. Manny Dixon added 13, while Xavier Bryany had 12 points and seven assists.

The Bison move to 12-4 overall and 12-3 in the GAC with the No. 1 seed locked in. On Thursday, OBU travels to Ada for a matchup with East Central. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. from the Kerr Activities Center.