SE Unable to Mount Rally in Loss to HU

A slow start by Southeastern and a lights out shooting effort in the first half for Harding spelled trouble for the Savage Storm who fell on Saturday afternoon 82-70 at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The loss drops them to 4-8 overall and 2-4 in Great American Conference play heading into a Jan. 14 matchup with Oklahoma Baptist at 7:30 p.m.

SE shot 46.0 percent for the game, including a 42.3 percent effort in the first half, but could find no way to stop the Bisons as they hit 74.1 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from long range in the opening half to open up a 49-35 lead over SE at the break.

Southeastern still got a 19 point effort from Anton Cook who was 7-of-18 from the field with four threes, while Nathan Jackson and Tyler Lonzie each added 11 points and Sami Bzai just missed double digits with nine.

Bzai added a team-best six assists in the effort.

The Storm was outrebounded by a 33-to-28 margin, with Kyle Roberts pulling down a team-high eight boards and Lonzie adding six.

Lonzie also added three blocks on defense and Cook picked up a pair of steals.

After a slow start SE tried to close the deficit in the first half getting it back as close as 18-13 with 13:19 to go in the first half, but HU would pull away and take a 49-35 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Despite being down by as many as 21 points early in the second half the Storm battled back and closed to within single digits at closed the gap to single digits at 59-50, but that was as close as they would get as the Bisons pulled away for the 82-70 win.

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