Bulldogs unable to produce in stretch


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Chris Braggs Jr. scored 11 points for the Bulldogs in a Jan. 8 loss to Henderson State.

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SWOSU basketball was in a one-possession game coming down the stretch against Henderson State on Saturday but could not get the timely offensive score or defensive stop they needed and lost 80-70 inside the Pioneer Cellular Event Center.

SWOSU held a 67-66 advantage with 3:40 left to go in the game after a Mason Hart three-point shot, but an immediate answer from the Reddies on the other end made the lead change one final time.

Jaylan Williams knocked down a three-point shot of his own with 1:13 remaining that had the game back within one possession, but a dagger basket on the other end by HSU pushed the margin back to multiple possessions and SWOSU would eventually be forced to foul to extend the game.

The first half featured 12 lead changes but as the half went on, Henderson State built its lead, which included an 11-0 run in a span of three minutes.

The Dawgs got behind double digits but fought back to get within two points before HSU would score the final five points of the half and led it 38-31 at the break.

Hart finished with 14 points on the afternoon and shot 75 percent (3-for-4) from beyond the arc. Damion Thornton finished with 13 points and was one rebound shy of recording a double-double. Chris Braggs Jr. and Williams tallied 11 points apiece.

The Bulldogs fall to 3-9 and 2-5 in Great American Conference play. SWOSU will play its next game on the road, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at rival Northwestern Oklahoma State.