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OKLAHOMA CITY —
Oklahoma Baptist escaped with a 72-69 victory over Oklahoma City University on Saturday at Abe Lemons Arena.
Oklahoma Baptist, ranked fourth in NAIA Division I men's basketball, seized the lead for good with a 9-0 run that provided OBU a 66-60 advantage with 3:26 left. The Bison improved to 16-4, 4-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, while the Stars went to 8-6, 1-5 in the SAC.
Kaleb Smith drove the baseline for a layup that put OCU ahead 56-48 with 9:37 remaining for the Stars' largest lead of the game. Terrance Walker's free throws put the Stars up 60-57 at the 6:18 mark.
Chase Adams nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and two free throws as Oklahoma Baptist forged a 66-60 lead.
Oklahoma Baptist built a 41-33 rebounding advantage and 23-15 edge in second-chance points.
“They're a tough team,” OCU coach Dionne Phelps said of Oklahoma Baptist. “They're well coached. I thought we came out, and I thought we battled. We played hard. I think we came prepared. If you look at the statistics, everything pretty much went our way statistically. One area we just aren't advancing is offensive rebounding. That was the difference in the game.”
Troynell Adams, a senior from Chicago, led OCU with 18 points and two blocked shots. Smith, a junior from Choctaw, Okla., provided the Stars with 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Charlton Jones, a senior from Katy, Texas, totaled 11 points, three rebounds and eight assists, and Terry Johnson, a junior from Chicago, posted 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals for OCU.
The Stars cut OBU's lead to three points twice in the final 1:15. Adams hit a pair of free throws each time – the first time at the 1:15 mark, the second time with 21 seconds left.
Oklahoma Baptist missed four free throws in the final 11 seconds. Cale Jackson rebounded his own miss, then the ball bounded out of bounds in OCU's favor with 4.4 seconds left. Jones' desperation 3-pointer as time ran out missed the mark.
OCU meets Mid-America Christian at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Abe Lemons Arena.