The coach figured there would be parity in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. So far that is right.
Ottawa and Sterling went into overtime Saturday with the Warriors rallying for a 79-76 victory.
In other games, Southwestern nipped Kansas Wesleyan in overtime and two others were decided by five points or less.
Sterling and Ottawa went back and forth, each having big runs. Sterling led 37-28 at halftime.
Ottawa rallied to tie it at 41-41 early in the second half.
Sterling hit three of four free throws in the final 11 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime.
Sterling outscored Ottawa 11-8 in overtime.
Corey Smith had 16 points and six rebounds. Chase Dippel tossed in 12 points.
Stephen Feighny had 10 points, 10 rebounds and two steals.
Sterling senior Raheem Odomes tossed in 22 points to lead the Warriors.
He also had seven rebounds, an assist, a block, and a steal.
Odomes scored 15 points in Thursday’s win.
He was selected the KCAC men’s basketball player of the week.
Ottawa (3-6, 1-1) plays 8 p.m. Thursday at home against defending KCAC champion McPherson.
Sterling (79) — Brown 14, Green 2, Adesodun 11, Odomes 22, Leake 7, Alexander 8, Thompson 14, Smith 1.
Ottawa (76) — Feighny 10, Smith 16, Brown 3, Rose 20, Dippel 12, Lindsay 5, Hasty 5, Falk 2, Regier 2, Lundry 2.