Savage Storm Men Host OBU, HSU

Southeastern men's basketball will be looking to snap out of its roughest stretch of the season and make up lost ground in the Great American Conference standings when it hosts Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State this weekend.

The Savage Storm host OBU in Bloomer Sullivan Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 and will face HSU at 4 p.m. on Feb. 2.

Southeastern has dropped four of its last five games, but returns home where it is a perfect 8-0 on the season and has amassed a 10-game home court winning streak dating back to last season.

Overall SE is 10-7 on the season with a 6-5 record in GAC play.

The Storm are coming off a pair of tough road losses settled by a combined five points and both in the final seconds of the contest.

Southeastern was atop the conference standings at one point, but now finds itself in a four-way tie for fourth and could take a big step towards separating itself from that pack with a solid weekend.

One big reason for that is that OBU is one of the other three teams tied with SE and HSU is two games behind that fourth-place pace.

The Storm will continue to lean on its big three scorers this week, led by Chris Roussell who is turning in 16.0 ppg on the year and has reached double-digit points in every game this season.

He is joined atop the scoring column by Steven Kohli who is putting up 12.3 ppg as well as Mateus Oliveira who is averaging 10.1 points per contest.

That trio also leads the way on the boards in the exact same order with Roussell pulling down 7.6 rebounds per outing, followed by 7.4 from Kohli and 6.9 from Oliveira.

Travis Timmons continues to lead the GAC in assists with 6.8 per game, which is now tied for third in the nation.

OBU comes to town with a 10-7 record overall, a 6-5 mark in league play and have won three-straight, all GAC contests.

The Tigers have a trio of double-digit scorers led by Austin Mitchell at 13.8 ppg, while Colt Fason and Michael Morris are averaging 10.9 and 10.2 ppg, respectively.

Morris leads the team on the glass with 6.5 rebound per game, while Nigel Ramsey dishes out a team-best 4.1 assists per game.

HSU comes to town with a 9-8 mark overall, a 4-7 mark in league play and have dropped five of its last six games.

The contest will be a chance for the Storm to seek revenge for its first conference loss when it fell to the Reddies 78-61 back on Nov. 29.

HSU is averaging 74.2 ppg and features a group of five players that are averaging at least 10.0 ppg, led by Andrew Ensley who is putting up 16.5 ppg.

Ensley and Cory Henshall are leading the team with 6.9 rebounds per game, while Jonathon Fitzgerald is dishing out a team-high 3.9 assists per game.