From Harding University
Southwestern Oklahoma made ten 3-pointers, shot 57 percent from the field and defeated Harding 85-67 on Saturday in Great American Conference play at the Williams Fieldhouse.
The Bisons trailed only 40-39 at halftime, but SWOSU outscored Harding 17-5 in the first six minutes of the second half to pull away. The Bisons made a couple of runs to cut the lead back to only 10 points on two occasions, but a tough Bulldog defense that forced 23 turnovers never allowed Harding back into the game.
Harding had its three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in GAC play, suffering its first conference loss. SWOSU improved to 9-4 overall and 1-3 in GAC action.
Junior Zach Roddenberry, who has averaged 21.0 points over the last four games, led Harding in scoring with 23 points. He made 8-of-10 from the field and 7-of-9 free throws. Roddenberry also led Harding with 10 rebounds for his second double-double this season.
Senior Andrew Silverman scored 10 points for Harding, and senior Kirk Porter had eight points and a career-high seven assists.
Five different Bulldogs scored in double figures with Thomas Davis, a junior from Lufkin, Texas, leading the way with 19. Senior Chase Elliott had 14 points and six assists, and junior Marin Zelalija made four of SWOSU's 10 3-pointers and scored 12 points.
Harding shot 58 percent in the first half, but trailed for most of the first 20 minutes due to 14 turnovers. Southwestern Oklahoma converted those mistakes into 19 points.
Harding had over 20 turnovers for only the second time this season. The Bulldogs outscored the Bisons 29-9 off turnovers.
Roddenberry led Harding with 12 points at the break. He made all six of his free throw attempts, and the Bisons made 13-of-16 as a team. The Bulldogs maintained the lead by hitting 8-of-18 3-pointers.
Harding will continue its three-game GAC road trip Thursday against Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, Ark.