Harding Game Notes
The Harding men's basketball team will return to action at the Rhodes Field House for the first time in more than a month Thursday when it meets Great American Conference leader Southwestern Oklahoma State. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.
Harding enters the game 8-3 overall after defeating Christian Brothers 66-48 on Sunday in Memphis, Tenn. It was the Bisons' best defensive effort of the season and the fewest points allowed by Harding in a road game since a 66-47 victory at Cameron in 2000.
The Bisons are looking to even their conference record after starting 1-2. Harding is currently seventh of ninth teams in the standings, but the Bisons have 17 more conference games remaining.
Harding has won its first six home games of the season. The Bisons have started a season with seven or more consecutive home wins only four times, with the last coming in 2008-09 when Harding won its first nine at Rhodes. The school record is 11 straight home wins to open the season in both 2002-03 and 1994-95.
Southwestern Oklahoma enters the game 4-5 overall but are 3-0 in conference and the GAC's only remaining undefeated team. The Bulldogs will be playing only their third road game of the season and first game since a 63-54 victory at Southern Nazarene on Dec. 15.
Southwestern Oklahoma is led by senior guard Dominick Cornelius, who averages a team-leading 14.3 points. He is also one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference, connecting on 46.3 percent and making 2.8 3-pointers per game.