The Braves will have a tough test in their second straight road game.
The Ottawa University men’s basketball team plays 7 p.m. Wednesday at York College (11-10, 8-6 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) in York, Nebraska.
OU (8-11, 7-7 KCAC) topped York 104-94 Nov. 29 at Wilson Field House in Ottawa in the first meeting between the two teams this season. That victory kick-started a six-game win streak for the Braves.
The Panthers are 3-3 in January, and fell 77-72 Saturday at home against Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Saint Mary 77, Ottawa 70
LEAVENWORTH — A 28-point halftime deficit was too much for the Braves to overcome in their Saturday contest at the University of Saint Mary.
OU struggled to hit shots early, going 8-32 from the field in the first half compared to the Spires’ 20-31. Saint Mary built a 51-23 lead, which would slip, but never be relinquished in the second half.
A 20-5 run by the Braves to open up the second half made it 57-44 with 9:05 left. Led by 12 second half points by Devin Perez, senior guard, Ottawa continued to chip away at the lead, getting it down to 70-64 with 1:42 left. The Braves wouldn’t hit another field goal until less than 10 seconds left, by which time Saint Mary had all but wrapped up the win.
Ottawa shot and rebounded better in the second half, hitting 16-39 from the field and outrebounding the Spires 25-14. The team finished just 3-24 from beyond the arc.
Isaiah Palmer, junior guard, led OU with 14 points. Saint Mary’s Demetrius Cady led all scorers with 17 points.
Saint Mary (77) — Cady 17, Copeland 11, Lundy 10, Titus 9, Marsh 8, Meek 8, Plein 6, Banks 5, Blain 3.
Ottawa (70) — Palmer 14, Perez 12, Jones 11, Rice 9, Mitchell 8, McDow 8, Hansen 4, Mallory 2, Neidig 2.