For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the SWOSU Men’s Basketball team is 2-0 after defeating Southeastern Oklahoma State 93-85 Saturday afternoon at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center.
SWOSU junior Chris Braggs Jr., came up big for the Bulldogs with an allaround effort that padded the stat box. Braggs ended up with a line of 12 points, seven rebounds, including 4 offensive rebounds, 4 blocks and an assist. Braggs also was on the floor at many different points throughout the game in a high-energy effort to get every 50/50 ball. Tauriawn Knight dropped 25 points and Damion Thornton dropped a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds — both of which were their second in as many games.
The Bulldogs put together a big run for the second straight game, having a 12-0 stretch at the end of the first half and into the second. To put the game away SWOSU had a 9-2 run with less than four minutes to go which helped put away the GAC preseason favorites.
“Once we got clicking we had five guys, almost six, in double figures. That’s impressive,” coach Terry Evans said. “I am just really proud of our guys right now. We did not play perfect, but we won the game.”
This win helps SWOSU remain undefeated on the young season, moving to 2-0 on the year. With Monday’s rivalry game against Northwestern Oklahoma State unable to be played, the Bulldogs are scheduled to return to action Thursday night in Bethany against Southern Nazarene.