Storm even record with win at NWOSU

Southeastern evened its overall and conference record by winning its second-straight game by picking up a 69-63 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, Okla., on Thursday.

The Savage Storm improved to 10-10 overall on the year and 6-6 in Great American conference play allowing them to take over sole possession of fifth place in the league standings.

Taylor Smaller and Danny Powell dominated the game offensively as the two combined to score 47 of the team's 69 points.

Smaller led all scorers with a career-high 28 points thanks to a 10-of-21 shooting effort that included four threes on the evening. It was his second-straight 20-plus point outing and his fifth on the season.

Powell finished with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting including SE's only other three of the game.

Darius Harris, Sami Bzai and Kyle Roberts were next in line scoring with six points each.

The Storm shot 45.6 percent from the field for the game, thanks to a 53.3 percent effort in the second half.

The teams were even on the glass, with Antonio Worthy leading all rebounders with 13, while Harris was right behind with 11.

Worthy and Harris also made their presence felt on the defensive end with Worthy blocking four shots, while Harris added a block and three steals.

The teams were even for most of the first half with neither team stretching its lead beyond four points.

With the Rangers up three with 6:15 to go in the half a Bzai layup would kick off a 9-0 run capped by a Powel layup that would see the Storm take a six point lead before finally settling on a 24-21 advantage at halftime.

Southeastern would maintain its lead early and would put together a 15-3 run between the 17:05 mark and the 11:49 mark of the second half, opening up a 47-32 advantage.

NWOSU would slowly chip away at the Storm advantage, eventually closing to within four points at 60-56 with 3:13 to play.

A Smaller jumper would answer that and four points would be as close as the Rangers would get, doing so three more times.

The final time would come with 10 seconds to play, and would be answered by a pair of Bzai free throws which would ultimately be the final points of the game to seal the 69-63 SE win.