WEATHERFORD, Okla. – Turnovers negated a better-than-50 percent shooting performance by Southeastern as the Savage fell to Southwestern Oklahoma State 82-71 on the first stop of a two-game road swing on Thursday night in Weatherford, Okla.
The loss drops SE to 9-4 overall on the year and 5-2 in Great American Conference play heading into Saturday's 4 p.m. matchup against Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, Okla.
The Storm had its shot working for the most part, hitting 51.0 percent from the field, but struggled from long range, hitting just 28.6 percent from behind the arc, along with their troubles moving the ball as the team piled up 25 turnovers.
“Two thing things jump out at us on the stats,” said head coach Kelly Green following the game, “First, we had 25 turnovers. They pressured us and we aren't handling the pressure good enough. The second thing is 17 offensive rebounds. When we did get stops on the first shot and they would get a tip.”
SWOSU held a 17-to-8 advantage on the offensive glass and a 36-to-32 edge in overall boards.
The Bulldogs also held a big edge in trips to the free throw line where they connected on 27-of-37 attempts, compared to a 15-of-19 night from the charity stripe for the Storm.
SE still put four players in double figures, led by 16 points from Chris Roussell who hit three of the team's four three point buckets.
Steven Kohli checked in with 14 points, while Travis Timmons and Mateus Oliveira each chipped in 10.
Timmons turned in his third double-double of the season by adding 10 assists across from just two turnovers.
Roussell, Oliveira and Antonio Worthy each pulled down five rebounds to lead Southeastern.
Southeastern scored first in the game on an Andris Misters' layup, but SWOSU would answer with a three pointer and after the teams traded buckets, the Bulldogs would eventually reel off a 10-0 run to pull ahead and lead by double-figures for much of the first half.
With 4:35 to play a Misters free throw would key a 10-3 run to end the half and SE would go to the locker room down 42-35.
The Storm would maintain that momentum to open the second half and a 10-1 run would put Southeastern back in front when a Kohli layup made the score 45-43 at the 15:23 mark.
SE would eventually push out to a three point lead, but could not pull away and the Bulldogs would swipe the lead back until a Roussell layup with 9:22 to play tied the game at 58-58.
A 9-0 SWOSU run, however, would put them back in front for good.
SE would close the gap back down to five points with 3:49 to play, but the final minute-and-a-half of the contest was a free throw exhibition in which neither team missed and SWOSU would pull away for the 82-71 win.