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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State’s First-Team All-GAC tandem of Kevin Buckingham and Adam Dworsky led four Savage Storm players in double figures as the second-seeded Savage Storm eliminated Southern Arkansas, 83-69, in Thursday’s opening Great American Conference Men’s Basketball Championships quarterfinal contest from Bruin Fieldhouse.
Buckingham went 12-for-20 from the field in scoring a game-high 29 points. Late in the second half, he became the second 2,000-point scorer in league history, joining Southern Nazarene’s Jhonathan Dunn. Additionally, he became the fourth in school history to eclipse that milestone - the first since Dennis Rodman in 1986. Dworsky hit 7-of-9 shots in tallying 18 points. He added nine assists.
Kellen Manek and Bobby Johnson also reached double digits for the Savage Storm (23-7). Manek scored 17 and grabbed eight rebounds. Johnson went 5-of-7, including 3-of-4 from the 3-point arc, in scoring 14 points. As a team, the Savage Storm shot 55.4 percent, including 68.2 percent in the second half.
Devante Brooks paced the Muleriders (13-16) with his GAC-leading ninth double-double of the season. He scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. While Southeastern connected on 10-of-26 3-point tries, SAU went just 4-for-22 from the 3-point arc.
After not winning a GAC quarterfinal game in any of their first four attempts, the Savage Storm have advanced the semifinals for the third-straight year. Southeastern Oklahoma State will play the winner of Friday afternoon’s contest between Henderson State and Arkansas-Monticello at 2:15 PM on Saturday.
In the regular season, the Savage Storm split their meeting with the Reddies as both won on their home courts. Southeastern swept its two matchups with UAM as the Storm prevailed 83-78 at home on January 9 and rallied for a second-half comeback, 73-71, on February 22.
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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – For the second-straight year at the Great American Conference Women’s Basketball Championships a seventh-seeded Arkansas Tech squad defeated the tournament’s second seed as the Golden Suns overcame and early hole to defeat Harding, 74-72, in Thursday’s opening quarterfinal contest from Bruin Fieldhouse.
The Golden Suns (17-10) spotted the Lady Bisons (19-10) the first 10 points of the game trailed by as many as 12 in the opening quarter. Tech chipped away at that deficit the remainder of the first half and closed with a flourish as Kaley Shipman drained a buzzer-bearing 3-pointer from just inside the half-court line to bring the Golden Suns to within two, 41-39.
Early in the third quarter, another Shipman 3-pointer gave Tech its first lead of the day at 44-42. Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the game. A Shipman jumper with 1:44 left gave Tech a lead, 68-66, it would not relinquish. The Golden Suns converted 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch and prevented Harding from even getting off a last-second shot in time to preserve the victory.
In her first GAC Championship game, the freshman Shipman scored a game-high 23 points. She went 4-for-4 from the 3-point arc. Ke’Vonshaye Stackhouse added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Jayana Sanders netted 15 points. Tech outrebounded Harding by 14, 52-38.
Three from Harding scored in double figures. Kylee Coulter and Cheyenne Brown led the Lady Bisons with 18 points. Unanimous First-Team All-GAC selection Carissa Caples tallied 17 and four assists.
With the victory, Arkansas Tech advances to the semifinals for the eighth time in nine years. The Golden Suns will take on the winner of Friday’s Southwestern Oklahoma State and Arkansas-Monticello contest at 8:00 PM on Saturday. During the regular season, Arkansas Tech won at home against both the Bulldogs and Blossoms but lost both road games.
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA selected the men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader between Henderson State and Southeastern Oklahoma State for its DII Showcase Games of the Week. The women’s game tips off at 5:35 p.m. followed by the men’s contest. Both games air on a vast variety of social media platforms.
All four teams enter the final weekend of the regular season in contention for GAC regular-season crowns. The Savage Storm women sit one game back of Harding while Henderson State trails by two games. The Savage Storm appeared at No. 7 in the initial Central Region rankings. The Reddies won the prior meeting this season, 77-72, at home. Hailey Estes tallied 15 points and 16 rebounds in the win, overcoming the 31-point, 11-rebound effort from Southeastern’s Katie Webb.
The men’s showdown features two of the region’s top 10 teams. Southeastern registered at No. 2 in Wednesday’s ranking while the Reddies garnered the 10th spot. They share second place in the GAC with both one game behind Southern Nazarene. At 19-7, the Reddies need one win to reach the 20-win mark for the first time since the 2006-07 season. In their earlier game, Henderson State rallied late for a 67-63 win. Raekwon Rogers paced Henderson State with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting. The Savage Storm’s Kevin Buckingham scored a game-high 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
The games stream on the GAC YouTube channel, Southeastern Sports Network, Division II, GAC, Henderson State and Southeastern Oklahoma State Facebook pages, DII Twitter page at @NCAADII and through the Periscope app at @NCAADII.
On Thursday, February 20th, the Shady Point Middle School archery team won 3rd at the OKNASP Grand State Shoot in Tulsa. The top 25 teams, Tier One, in each division (elementary, middle school, and high school) from across the state competed. The Warriors were the only middle school team from LeFlore County in Tier One and scored a team record 3,283 points, behind long-time programs Locust Grove (3,413) and Salina (3,330). The Warriors entered the tournament ranked in the top ten. They earned their second consecutive trip to the NASP National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky and will compete there in May.
Shady Point School started their archery program in 2017 and has since competed in 28 tournaments, including nationals and the NASP World Championship in Nashville, TN last year. Team members, in order by score, were Jake Cauthen, Jordyn Rivera, Brayli Beason, Ariana Loggains, Abi Parker, Ty Wiles, Sadie Deiter, Gunner Blaylock, Addison Parker, Jaxon Woodral, Adam Woodral, Abi Miller, Rachel Prince, Anistyn Marrow, Rider Baker, and Aaron Smith.
“We started this season with several objectives and our kids met two of those yesterday…a strong finish at OKNASP and an invitation to Kentucky again. We hope to accomplish another in two weeks at the ORES State Tournament in Shawnee,” said Hank Austin, the Warriors’ archery coach. ORES is the Oklahoma Rural Elementary Schools association for all K-8 schools in the state. There are two archery divisions in ORES, based on school enrollment. The Warriors will enter the tournament ranked #1 in Division Two and hope to bring home a state championship.
The top 25 teams in OKNASP are determined by qualifying scores, not school size. Those teams not in that top 25 yesterday competed in three regional state shoots this year, which included the Shady Point Elementary team. Fifth grader Cadyn Hilton placed 3rd among all elementary division boys (grades 4-5) in the East Region State Shoot (Tier Two) in Tulsa on February 19th.
“To say these kids work hard is an understatement. I am very proud of this team. They set goals and train for hours and hours every week. When you combine their work ethic with imitating successful programs, the parental and administrative support we have, and a community that backs you 100%, you have success.” Austin said. “We’re not done. There are still a lot of arrows to shoot this year.”
Congratulations to the Fanshawe Lady Grizzlies for being the ORES DIVISION IV State Runner-up
Congratulations Jaylee Branscum, Braxton Hill, Slatey Free for making the ORES ALL TOURNAMENT TEAMS
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s 10th Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players of the Week for the 2019-20 season. Harding’s Cheyenne Brown captured the Women’s award while Southern Nazarene’s Jhonathan Dunn claimed the Men’s accolade.
GAC WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Cheyenne Brown, Harding, F, Sr., Ben Wheeler, Texas
Brown led the Lady Bisons to a road win at Arkansas Tech and a home victory against Southern Arkansas by averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds. Brown, who entered the week averaging 8.6 points per game, tallied a career-high 28 in the overtime triumph against the Golden Suns. She registered her first double-double of the season. She added five blocked shots.
GAC MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jhonathan Dunn, Southern Nazarene, G, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
Dunn became the first men’s player in GAC history to reach the 2,000-point plateau during the Crimson Storm’s 17-point win against Oklahoma Baptist. He followed up with a career-high 42 points against East Central. In the two wins, he went 26-for-39 from the floor and 8-for-15 from the 3-point arc. He ranks second in Division II in scoring, averaging 28.6 points per game.
Maci Mains, G (Henderson State), Briley Moon, G (Southeastern Oklahoma State), Sonia Sarda, G (Southern Nazarene), Berniezha Tidwell, G (Arkansas-Monticello)
Adam Dworsky, G (Southeastern Oklahoma State), RJ Glasper, G (Arkansas Tech), Romio Harvey, G (Harding), Trey Harris, G (Ouachita), Aaron Lucas, G (Southern Arkansas), Chris Parker, G (Henderson State)
HAYS, Kan. – Rogers State captured the 2019 GAC/MIAA Men’s Soccer Championship crown as the Hillcats survived penalty kicks against top-seeded Fort Hays State on Sunday from the FHSU Soccer Complex. After playing to a 2-2 tie through regulation and two overtime sessions, the Hillcats scored a 4-3 advantage on penalty kicks.
The penalties opened with the Tigers’ Arsenio Chamorro missing wide of the target. The next seven kickers successfully made their tries giving the Hillcats (13-5-2) the 4-3 lead heading into the final scheduled round. Rogers State goalkeeper Austin Wormell made a lunging stop to his right of Ross Boyd’s attempt to secure the title for the Hillcats.
Each side briefly held leads during regulation. Fort Hays State (13-5-2) grabbed the 1-0 advantage in the 10th minute when Moritz Walther converted a penalty kick. The Hillcats leveled the contest in the 19th minute when Chris Sowder put home a cross by Jaxon Pitt that eluded Tiger goalkeeper Cullen Fisch.
The Hillcats scored first in the second half. In the 56th minute, Noah Robson’s left-footed strike found the upper right 90 for sixth goal of the season. The lead lasted less than five minutes as the Tigers’ Mauricio Etcheverry drove a low blast under Hillcat goalkeeper Dillon Dean with his first goal of the season.
Robson garnered the Tournament MVP award. Teammates Jaime Ponce, Michael Turner and Jordan Watson made the 12-man team. Chamorro, Etcheverry and Santiago Agudelo represented the Tigers. Harding’s Jeremy Nwonumah and Adrian Renteria, plus Northeastern State’s James Doyle and Aaron Ugbah rounded out the team.
The Hillcats and Tigers will learn their postseason fate on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. during the selection show on NCAA.com. Fort Hays entered the week ranked eighth in Super Region #3 while Roger State sat in 11th. The top 10 schools from the four Super Regions advance to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas has made a change in leadership in its football program. Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced today that Chad Morris has been dismissed as the head football coach.
Morris was hired in December 2017 and was in his second season as the head coach of the Razorback football team. The Razorbacks had a 4-18 record in Morris’ tenure at Arkansas, including a 2-8 record this season.
“As part of my continued evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that a change in leadership is necessary to move our football program forward and position it for success,” Yurachek said. “It is clear that we have not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially within the Southeastern Conference. Throughout our history in football, as well as with our other sport programs, we have demonstrated that the University of Arkansas is capable of being nationally competitive. I have no doubt that as we move forward, we will identify a head coach that will help lead our program to that benchmark.
“I want to express my personal and professional regard to Coach Morris and thank him for his investment in the lives of our student-athletes.”
Yurachek announced that a national search for the next head football coach will begin immediately. Assistant Coach and former Razorback quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. will serve as the interim head football coach for the remainder of the 2019 football season.
Christopher Oven, Student Assistant, University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team opened the 2019-20 season Saturday, collecting five top-five finishes at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich.
Three Sooners won their way through the championship brackets to earn spots in their respective title bouts: sophomore Anthony Madrigal, redshirt sophomore Dom Demas and redshirt sophomore Jake Woodley.
At 133 pounds, Madrigal won his first match of the year with a 16-1 tech fall over Ohio State's Dylan Koontz in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Madrigal then collected a pair of upsets to earn a spot in the first-place match, first over No. 11 Derek Spann (Buffalo), 6-4, and then over No. 17 Mario Guillen (Ohio), 3-1, with a sudden victory takedown. He was defeated by No. 4 Micky Phillippi (Pitt), 4-2, in the finals match.
Demas, the preseason's top-ranked wrestler at 141, defeated Kyran Hagan (Ohio) in tie-breaker one, 5-3, in the first round, then earned a quarterfinal spot with a 21-5 tech fall over Rochester's Anthony Gonzales at 2:59. Demas pinned Indiana's Paul Konrath in the quarterfinal bout before earning another tech fall victory (23-7) over Parker Filius (Purdue). In a close finals match, Demas was defeated by Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) in tie-breaker one, 2-1, taking second place.
After a bye in the first round, Woodley won back-to-back bouts by decision and major decision over Indiana's Jake Kleimola (9-3) and Penn's Cole Urbas (11-3), respectively. After winning the semifinal via medical forfeit, Woodley was defeated in sudden-victory overtime by Kollin Moore (Ohio State), 6-4, to earn a runner-up finish.
At 174 pounds, redshirt sophomore Anthony Mantanona went 4-1 on the day, including three wins via fall. Mantanona pinned Nathan Jimenez (Michigan State) in round 2, Layne Malczewski (Michigan State) in the consolation semifinals and Jacob Covaciu (Indiana) in the third-place match. Mantanona's lone loss was to DJ Shannon (Illinois) by decision, 7-2, in the 174 semifinals.
Redshirt junior Justin Thomas claimed fifth place at 157. He started the day 3-0, with victories over Cal Poly's Brawley Lamer (8-3), Purdue's Elijah Davis (14-0) and Michigan State's Jake Tucker (6-2), before moving to consolation after a 3-2 defeat by Anthony Artalona (Penn) in the semifinals.
Oklahoma entered a pair of Sooners in each of the 125, 149 and 184 classes.
Redshirt senior Christian Moody and redshirt freshman Tommy Hoskins both went 1-2 at 125. Hoskins' 12-3 major decision over Dane Durlacher (Illinois) was his first collegiate victory.
At 149, redshirt freshman Jacob Butler also picked up his first victory as a Sooner, winning in sudden-victory overtime over Dallas Bulsak (Pitt), 2-0. Butler finished the open tournament 1-2, while fellow redshirt freshman Zackery Zeamer went 0-2. Senior Ruston Duke (184), redshirt sophomore Jake Boyd (184) and redshirt freshman Jose Lao Cooper (165) also finished 0-2.
In the heavyweight division, redshirt freshman Josiah Jones won his first two matches of the season. His first came as a 3-2 decision over Buffalo's Nolan Terrance, and he followed it up with a pin of Tiffin's Austin Wingarner. Jones finished the day 2-2, while redshirt sophomore Connor Webb also went 2-2 with decisions over Michigan State's Jackson Ross (3-2) and Matt Lloyd (Maj 8-0). Redshirt sophomore Collin McCoy went 0-2.
Up next, the Sooners head to Troy, NY, for the Journeymen Collegiate Classic on Saturday, Nov. 9.
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