Southeastern Holds On for Win over HU

Southeastern used a 22-7 run midway through the second half to erase a double-digit deficit and held off a late Harding charge to pick up a 71-67 victory on Saturday afternoon in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The win lifts the Savage Storm to 7-8 on the year overall and 3-4 in Great American Conference play heading into a three-game conference road swing that begins on Jan. 15 at Arkansas Tech.

Taylor Smaller turned in an all-around performance, flirting with a triple-double after throwing up 17 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

Sami Bzai matched him in points with 17 on the strength of a 5-8 effort from three point range.

Darius Harris added 14 on 5-of-9 from the floor, while Anton Cook added 10 off the bench thanks to a 5-for-5 effort from the free throw line.

Smaller and Harris led the team in rebounds with seven each, while Smaller dished out nine of the team's 16 assists.

As a team, Southeastern shot 43.4 percent from the field, including a 62.5 percent effort in the second half, while also posting a 9-of-20 effort from long range, seven of which came in the second half.

Between the 14:37 mark of the second half and the 8:01 mark the Storm reeled off the aforementioned 22-7 run, taking the lead with 8:56 to play on a Danny Powell bucket.

The SE lead would grow to as many as 11 points at 62-51 with 4:13 to play after a pair of Smaller free throws.

HU would make a late push to get within two possessions with less than a minute to play, but the Storm hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final 50 seconds, including a 4-of-4 effort in the final 12 seconds from Cook which kept the game out of reach and preserved the 71-67 win.

The teams traded buckets following the tip, with SE holding a brief 3-2 lead thanks to a Smaller three less than two minutes in, but the Bisons would answer and lead the remainder of the first half, going ahead by as many as 10 points before the Storm chipped away and closed to a 25-20 deficit at the half.

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