The Braves fell 77-63 Wednesday to the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth. Ottawa scored just 60 points Saturday in a loss to Southwestern in Winfield. Ottawa was averaging 78 points a game prior to those two games.
Ottawa (9-10, 4-5) will need the offensive firepower in today’s 6 p.m. game in Wilson Field House versus No. 21 Friends, which has lost two straight games.
Friends has the leading scorer in the NAIA in Joe Mitchell at 32 points a game. He tossed in 36 points Wednesday in a loss to Tabor.
The Falcons (16-4, 7-2) are one of the top shooting teams in the NAIA at more than 52 percent from the field. Friends sits in second behind Bethany (8-1) in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.
Ottawa is in the sixth.
The Braves did shoot well from the field in the loss to Saint Mary, but had 18 turnovers. Ottawa shot 49 percent from the field. The Braves hit 6 of 10 shots from behind the arc, but was 9-18 from the free-throw line.
Saint Mary was 18-20 from the line and shot 45 percent from the field, but had nine more attempts and just 10 turnovers.
Ottawa tied the game at 6-6 on a basket by freshman Alex Hasty with 15 minutes left in the first half. The Spires scored seven straight points for a 13-6 lead and increased the margin to 10 at 23-13 at the 8:25 mark.
Ottawa began to chip away at the deficit. The Braves sliced the deficit to 23-20 and forced a Spire timeout.
Saint Mary exploded after the timeout outscoring Ottawa 15-7 in the final six minutes of the first half to gain a 38-27 halftime lead.
The Spires opened the second half with a 9-3 spurt to open a 47-30 lead. Ottawa got as close as 12 points, 56-44 on a basket by Jason Haase with 10:23 remaining.
Senior Julian Rose led the Braves with 12 points and five assists. Junior Alex Lundry had a team-high eight rebounds and two blocks. Haase finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Hasty tossed in 10 points.
Saint Mary (77) — Dowdy 17, Roaf 11, Greenberg 9, Williams 8, Young 2, Snell 12, Hicks 10, Akakpo 8.
Ottawa (63) — Rose 12, Haase 12, Hasty 10, Lindsay 9, Lundry 8, Falk 4, Brown 3, Bullinger 2, Regier 2, Newton 1.