February 11, 2011
Flawless offensive execution, defensive aggression and outstanding effort by Maurice Foster made Saturday’s 105-93 win an outstanding one to watch.
Foster, who produced impressive statistics earlier in the week against St. Gregory’s and USAO, led the way against Southern Nazarene with 35 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and five steals.
“Maurice Foster may be the best player in the conference,” said Oklahoma Baptist University Head Coach Doug Tolin.
Both teams started off the game aggressive and hungry for a win, but the Bison got an early lead and never let go. The Bison maintained solid execution on both sides of the ball throughout the entire game.
Kevin Swinton found himself in foul trouble early on in the first half, which caused some adjusting in the post area as Dennis Tolliver stepped in game earlier than normal. However, the Bison adjusted well and continued to control the game. The Bison had a comfy 59-46 lead at the half.
After the first half, SNU powered down some offensive rebounds and lowered the lead down to 10 points within five minutes. But with three-pointers by Foster and Allen Hester, that momentum did not last long.
Swinton and Allen Hester finished the game with 20 points. Emmanuel Wilson added 11 and Tim Bowman 10. The Bison were 57 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.
Jon West led the Crimson Storm with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Noble Complex nearly maxed out for the game, which hosted the annual alumni pizza bash and the “White-Out SNU” campaign. Pottawatomie Alliance Toward Community Health (PATCH) handed out white t-shirts with the OBU logo on the front and the number 16 on the back to the first 500 OBU fans that came to support the Bison.
The number 16 on the back represented the amount of people in Oklahoma each day that die due to tobacco.
PATCH also gave away free items to fans to raise awareness of tobacco.
The Bison are now 18-4 overall and 12-2 in the SAC. Due to the weather, they will pick back up against John Brown at 4 p.m, Tuesday afternoon.