After battling in their first overtime game of the season, the Braves return home to face a team on the upswing.
The Ottawa University men’s basketball team (9-13, 8-9 Kansas Collegiate Athetlic Conference) plays 5 p.m. today in OU’s Wilson Field House against McPherson College (7-18, 4-13 KCAC).
The second-to-last-place Bulldogs have struggled throughout the season, at one point losing 12 straight games in November and December. However, the team has made a turnaround in recent weeks, winning three of its last four games, including a 91-89 home victory Wednesday over Friends University. McPherson’s only loss in its last four games came Jan. 24 at the hands of No. 6 Southwestern College in a triple-overtime thriller.
No. 21 OKWU 92, Ottawa 84 (OT)
BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma — Ottawa capped off January on a down note, falling in a close contest at No. 21 Oklahoma Wesleyan University 92-84.
The Braves battled back after falling behind by as many as 12 points (48-36) in the second half. They took a 68-66 lead, their first of the game, at the 5:43 mark in the second half on a basket-and-foul play from Tasmania Indaiana Jones, junior forward.
The Eagles retook the lead and extended it to 78-73 with 49 seconds left on a basket by Isaac Rowe. Ottawa’s Isaiah Palmer, junior guard, answered with a put-back bucket with 38 seconds left, and then got a steal off Josh Wilchombe with 29 seconds left. On OU’s ensuing possession, Hollis Mitchell, senior guard, found Alex Greisen, junior guard, for a three-point shot that went in, knotting the score up at 78 with 11 seconds left. OKWU’s KJ Malveau missed a shot at the buzzer to ensure overtime.
Despite cutting an Eagle lead to 85-84 with 1:24 left in the extra period, OKWU finished the game on a 7-0 run. Ottawa’s final three offensive possessions ended with a turnover and two missed shots.
Greisen lead the Brave offense with 16 points in 27 minutes. Mitchell added 15 points. Palmer and Jones had 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Ottawa was outrebounded 46-33, including 16 rebounds from OKWU’s Wilchombe.
OKWU (92) — Alexander 22, Rowe 14, Lawrence 14, Wilchombe 13, Malveau 9, Feickert 8, Hamilton 6, Beck 4, Leitzke 2.
Ottawa (84) — Greisen 16, Mitchell 15, Palmer 13, Jones 12, Perez 9, Rice 8, Hansen 7, Mallory 2, McDow 2.