The Braves look to keep momentum forward with their next game 8 p.m. Thursday hosting Sterling College (3-16, 2-14 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference).

The Ottawa University men’s basketball team played late Monday at Tabor College in Hillsboro. Results were not available at press time.

Sterling has had a down year and currently resides in the conference cellar. The team is 1-6 in its last seven games and has the KCAC’s worst scoring defense (85.58 points allowed per game) and worst scoring margin (minus 12.47 ppg).

Despite this, the Warriors nearly bested OU in the two team’s first matchup this season in Sterling. The Braves escaped with an 80-78 win.

OTTAWA 86, BETHANY 85

Ottawa’s senior leader and leading scorer on the season was the hero Saturday. In a game where neither team led by more than six points, Isaiah Palmer sent Bethany College home packing with his three-point dagger with five seconds left to give OU an 86-85 win. A final shot by Bethany’s Isiah Saenz was no good in the lingering seconds.

Palmer finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Braves, completing his ninth double-double of the season. He shot 7-15 from the field and 11-12 from the free throw line. Teammate and fellow senior Tasmania Indaiana Jones put up 22 points off 9-13 shooting.

Bethany’s Lavaris Duncan led all players with 31 points and 11 boards. He shot 14-21 from the field.

OU came back from being down 83-79 with 34 seconds left. Palmer and Jackson Mallory were sent to the foul line on consecutive possessions, both combining for a perfect 4/4 on free throws. The Swedes’ Mitchell Brown was sent to the line twice in the final 23 seconds where he went 2/4, leaving the door open for Palmer.

The Braves finished 20-27 at the foul line as a team and 30-62 (48.4 percent) from the field.

Ottawa (86) - Palmer 26, Jones 22, Mallory 10, McDow 10, Baldeh 10, Bowie 5, Haskins 3.

Behtany (85) - Duncan 31, Larkin 19, M. Brown 7, Joksimovic 6, Stephens 6, Elezovic 6, Smyres 3, Saenz 3, Young 3, N. Brown 1.