DURANT, Ok -- The Southeastern Oklahoma State men's basketball team (3-7) was bitten by the turnover bug en route to a 71-49 loss to Southern Arkansas (7-3) on Friday at Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.
The Savage storm turned the ball over 18 times, compared to the Muleriders' seven. SAU turned the SOSU errors into 29 points, while the Storm capitalized to the tune of just six points.
Southeastern was paced by Kyric Rambo with 13 points, while Will Robinson chipped in 12 points and Ken Reed added 10.
Reed led SOSU on the boards with 10, while Ryan Woolsey added eight.
Southeastern got on the board first with a JR Moody jumper, but the Muleriders answered with a 14-1 run to mount a 14-3 lead with 14:04 to play in the opening half.
The teams slugged back-and-forth with climbing as close as seven points with 7:00 to play.
SAU pushed its lead back to 35- 21 with 1:37 to play in the half, but three pointers by Moody and Rambo cut the halftime deficit to 35-27.
The slow start carried over into the second half as the Muleriders climbed out to a 47-29 lead with 16:03 on the clock.
The Storm had an answer, however, and following a layup by Reed and a pair of Robinson threes, SOSU was down just 47-37 with 14:10 to play.
The teams traded buckets, with Southeastern again trailing by 10 with 11:50 to play, but that was as close as they would get as SAU outscored the Storm 22-10 over the final 11 minutes to fashion the final score of 71-49.
SOSU will next be in action when they hit the road for a Lone Star Conference crossover contest at West Texas A&M at 8 p.m. on January 3, 2008.