Harding senior Zach Roddenberry scored 27 points, but the Bisons were not able to overcome Southeastern Oklahoma's outstanding shooting from 3-point range and fell to the Savage Storm 67-64 on Saturday in Great American Conference action.
The loss dropped Harding to 6-2 overall and 1-2 in the GAC. After winning its first six games of the season at home, the Bisons dropped both games of a two-game road trip in Oklahoma.
Southeastern Oklahoma (7-3, 3-1) led from the 14:15 mark of the first half and answered each Harding run, usually with a 3-pointer. The Savage Storm made 9-of-16 3-pointers, including 4-of-5 from senior guard Chris Roussell, who finished with a team-high 19 points.
Harding trailed by as many as 10 points with just under 11 minutes left in the game but rallied cut the Southeastern lead to two on three occasions in the game's final two minutes.
Bison guard Adam Sterrenberg's layup with 13 seconds left trimmed the Storm lead to 66-64. After a Harding foul, Southeastern's Steven Kohli missed the second of two free throws, but Harding's potential game-tying 3-pointer from Hayden Johnson was just long.
Roddenberry made 13-of-19 shots, had five rebounds and three blocked shots. Johnson scored seven of his 11 points at the free throw line, and Sterrenberg scored a season-high 10 points.
Harding's next action is in Hawaii on Dec. 16-17. The Bisons will take on Northwest Missouri State and St. Edward's at the Oahu Classic.