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SWOSU Basketball has 1-1 week

SWOSU Basketball took on a pair of Arkansas Great American Conference teams last week and found mixed results through the games. The women and men took on Arkansas Tech on Thursday, followed by matchups with Harding on Saturday.


Tipping things off first, were the Lady Bulldogs, who quickly found themselves in a hole, getting down by as many as 20 points midway through the second. The slow start proved detrimental through the second half for the squad. The Dawgs could keep pace with Arkansas Tech, but could not cut into the lead until midway through the fourth quarter. They cut the lead down to eight points, but it proved to be too little too late as the women fell 70-80. 


Next, the Bulldogs took the court, and the game quickly developed to be a low-scoring, defensive battle. The Dawgs kept things fairly close in the first half but struggled to generate any offense in the second, starting on a nearly four-minute scoring drought. The Bulldogs scored only 16 in the second and lost 44-59.


Saturday was senior day for SWOSU, and it proved to be a magical day for both programs.


The Lady Bulldogs faced a tall task, taking on the highly ranked Harding Bisons (ranked third nationally in one ranking system, and fifth nationally in another) Despite the rankings, the Dawgs were unphased, outscoring the Bisons in both the first and second quarter. Another strong quarter found the Lady Bulldogs up by as many as 17 points just after the third quarter. However, the Lady Bisons went on a 13-1 run midway through the fourth, and the game became very tight. The lead was cut all the way down to one, but two Mason Jones free throws helped to give the Dawgs a three-point win, 51-54.


Following the major upset win, the men’s team found themselves in a game opposite that of Thursday. The back-and-forth game was filled with offense, neither team took more than an eight-point lead in the second half. A clutch three, and two clutch free throws by Jalen Johnson helped deadlock the game at 69 with 1:47 left in the second half. After neither team scored, the game went to overtime. Similarly to the second half, overtime was a back-and-forth affair, but clutch free throw shooting sealed the win for the Bulldogs, 80-77. 


The women clinched a spot in the GAC tournament, and currently hold fifth place. The men are sitting in seventh place. Both teams are at home for the home finale on Thursday, taking on ECU at 5:30 and 7:30, come out and support the Dawgs one last time at home!

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Coy Pope
Coy Pope, Media Manager
Coy Pope is a freshman from Yukon, Oklahoma and is majoring in Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement with a minor in Wild land fire. He enjoys writing and covering sports, but also enjoys covering other activities, events and basically anything SWOSU-related. Coy wrote for the YHS Insight during all four years in high school.
Johnathan Nguyen
Johnathan Nguyen, Editor in Chief
Johnathan is a junior at Southwestern Oklahoma State University who is majoring in Communications and minoring in Film. He is from Clinton, Oklahoma, but went to high school at Arapaho-Butler. Johnathan is the 2nd Editor in Chef of the Southwestern, and is charged with monitoring the Media Studio in Art 205. He also tries to help students, and the faculty of SWOSU to the best of his ability.

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