Southeastern Tripped up in OT

SEARCY, Ark. - Southeastern overcame a double-digit first half deficit and sent the contest to overtime, but a Harding bucket with six seconds to play would prove to be the game-winner as the Savage Storm fall 88-86 in Searcy, Ark., on Monday night.

The loss is the eighth-straight and drops SE to 4-8 on the season and 2-5 in Great American Conference play.

Playing its third game in six days, it is the second of those three to be decided in the final seconds, with SE falling by two points to Southwestern Oklahoma State this past Thursday.

Urald King turned in a monster night with a season-best 29 points and rounding out the double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds.

He led a group of four players in double figures joined by Taylor Smaller with 16 points, Anton Cook with 13 and Randy Peters with 11.

Daichi Taniguchi just missed out on being the fifth with nine points.

For the third-straight game and the sixth overall the Storm shot better than 50 percent from the field as a team, finishing at 51.9 percent, bolstered by a 58.3 percent mark in the second half.

SE also hit 10-of-23 from long range and added a 22-of-27 effort from the free throw line.

King nearly accounted for half of the Storm rebounds on his own with 12 while the team collected 30 all together, five less than their opponents on the night.

Smaller dished out a team-high four assists while Southeastern turned in 15 assists and 15 turnovers as a team in the game.

HU made the most of the Storm miscues, posting a 17-5 advantage in points off turnovers as well as holding a 14-4 edge in second-chance points.

Other than falling behind by as many as 11 points in the first half the game was neck-and-neck as the teams combined for 16 lead changes and 13 ties over 45 minutes of basketball.

Harding scored the game's first nine points and it was not until King hit a layup with 16:22 to play in the half that SE got on the board.

The deficit would stretch to 11 points by the 13:09 mark, but back-to-back threes by Smaller and Taniguchi would cut the deficit in half.

The Storm would continue to claw, eventually tying the game on a Peters free throw with 3:20 to play and taking its first lead on the next possession at 29-27 on a King layup.

The Bisons would briefly regain the lead, but SE would outscore HU 7-2 in the final 1:31 to take a 38-35 lead at halftime.

The teams would trade the lead back-and-forth throughout the second half with HU leading by as many as five points and the Storm by as many as three.

SE faced a 76-71 deficit with 2:06 to play, but a Cook layup and a Taniguchi three on consecutive possessions would knot the game at 76-76 with 1:01 to play.

HU's Will Francis would hit a free throw with 40 seconds remaining to put the Bisons in front, but Darius Harris would hit one of his two free throws with six seconds left to send the game to overtime.

Harding scored first on a pair of free throws, but Southeastern answered with a 7-0 run capped by a King dunk in transition that put the Storm up 84-79 with 2:58 to go.

HU would close to within one point, but a pair of Peters free throws would put the lead back to three points with 52 seconds to play.

Harding would get a pair of free throws of their own and hit a layup with sex seconds left after a Southeastern miss to take an 87-86 lead.

SE would be forced to foul after committing a turnover and HU would add a final point to make the score 88-86.


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