Lions corral Bison, 89-76
Rambo racks up 40, wins shootout with Woods
Lions host front-running MACU on Saturday; game aired on SAGU TV
Box Score, Play-by-Play, and Standings links below
SHAWNEE, Oklahoma -- If a little is good, then a lot is terrific. Just ask a college basketball player when it’s their night.
Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Assemblies of God University, ranked second and fifth in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, entered this season known for balanced attacks and resilient defenses.
In the opener of the 20-game Sooner Athletic Conference season, this game featured a scoring bonanza by two terrific individuals.
Defending National Player of the Year Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Christian-CH, Ok Wesleyan Univ) outlasted the Bison’s Maurice “Mo” Woods in leading No. 3 ranked SAGU (8-1) to an impressive 89-76 road victory on Thursday night.
The pair of senior guards combined to score 75 points worth of razzle and dazzle in what was surely the ‘Bo and Mo Show.
Rambo poured in 40 to pace the Purple Pride to a win that saw no lead changes after a 10-0 run gave SAGU a 27-24 advantage. They never relinquished it.
In the early stages of the game the Bison (6-5) controlled everyone except Rambo.
They went on a 15-7 spree to lead 24-17 with 8:41 left in the half. The 5’10 purple blur accounted for the Lions’ first 15 points. Woods countered with 13.
What caused the Lions uproar was a stretch of play when they applied a press. It was just enough to regain the lead. They extended it to 36-31 by recess.
Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Chr-Addison, Ranger College), a 6'6 junior forward, wristed two short jumpers in the last minute to establish the lead.
Rambo and Woods registered 21 and 19 points respectively by halftime.
SAGU protected their upper hand by tolerating 10 turnovers and heisting 15 offensive caroms. It resulted in a 64-55 advantage in shot attempts.
Overall, the Lions had a 43-36 edge on the glass.
By the time three others joined Rambo in reaching double digits, they were able to stave off any thoughts of a comeback by OBU.
Twice the hosts drew as close as four, the last at 46-42, but wouldn’t seriously threaten once the deficit reached 60-49 with 8:40 to play.
Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ), Jonathan Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS) and Feemster added 12, 11 and ten points as the Pride connected on 47% from the field.
Knocking down 24 of 34 from the charity stripe foiled the Herd down the stretch.
“We struggled shooting early,” admitted SAGU Head Coach Donnie Bostwick. “But our press got us back in it.”
“Then we started attacking the rim. The new defensive rules make it tougher to stop penetration,” he explained. “We didn’t get shook up early and did a great job of finishing the half.”
“Dealing with adversity on the road is always huge.”
He described Rambo, a 5-foot-10 point guard, as having “an unselfish 40 points, which is impressive.”
“Bo was ready to play,” he added, “and the new rules really help a driver like him.”
He stroked 8-of-12 free throws, two triples, had three assists and coughed up the ball only twice.
Bostwick extolled the production of several other players.
“Hondo (Gentry) and Jon (Walter) hit a couple of big threes in the second half and Feemster and ‘E’ (Emmanuel Adoyi [Little Rock, Ark / LR Parkview HS]) had a few big putbacks.”
“Plus,” he continued, “Big Rem” (Remington Mitchell [Mansfield, Tx / Mansfield HS]) gave us some very good minutes as well.” The 6’8 freshman accounted for seven rebounds off the bench.
“Transition points, offensive rebounding and good effort on defense got us a solid road win versus a very good team.”
Woods, a 6’4 transfer from NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois University, ended with 35 points on 11 of 15 shooting. He made two treys and swished 11 of 16 foul shots.
His stat line included seven rebounds, three helpers against a lone assist. Aaron Abram and Cale Jackson tossed in 12 points apiece.
OBU hindered their cause by missing 13 of 34 free throws and making 15 turnovers.
The teams, who were voted 1-2 in the preseason by SAC coaches (OBU was the pick as the team to beat), will meet again in Waxahachie, Texas on February 13.
The game, like all Lions home dates, will be aired in HD by SAGU Sports Live.
SAGU returns to the court on Saturday for a 5:00pm (CST) matinee against nationally ranked Mid-America Christian University (7-2 overall / 3-0 in SAC). The pre-game show begins at 4:45pm.
Official Box Score: http://www.dakstats.com/Websync/Pages/GameBook/GameBook.aspx?seasonID=NAIMBB_2013&sg=MBB&compID=171578
Current SAC Standings: http://www.soonerathletic.org/
Photos courtesy of the OBU Sports Information Office (Ray Fink, S.I.D.) and photographer William B. Pope .