Johnson scores 36 in Bison victory

SEARCY ( - Harding made 15 3-pointers and senior Hayden Johnson scored a career-high 36 points as the Bisons defeated Southwestern Oklahoma 89-71 on Saturday in Great American Conference men's basketball action at Rhodes Field House.

Harding improved to 11-9 overall and moved up a spot to fourth in the GAC standings with an 8-6 conference record. The Bisons swept the season series with Southwestern, who fell to 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the GAC. The Bulldogs, who lost their third straight, dropped to third in the conference standings.

Harding trailed 39-38 at halftime but made 10-of-16 3-pointers in the second half. The Bisons took the lead in the second half on its first possession when Weston Jameson made a 3-pointer. That was followed by two more 3s from Will Francis and Johnson. At that point, Harding led 47-39 and held the lead the rest of the way.

"We have some great shooters on this team," Harding head coach Jeff Morgan said. "We have confidence in these guys and their ability to knock down shots. We knocked down a lot of them today."

Johnson knocked down the most. He made 11-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and also made 10-of-12 free throws. It was his second game of 30 or more points this season. He scored 33 at Southern Nazarene.

Jameson entered the game ranked third in Division II in assist-to-turnover ratio. He scored 14 points, his second-highest total of the season, and added eight rebounds and eight assists with no turnovers. In his last four games, Jameson has 30 assists and two turnovers.

Francis and Blake McNair both added 14 points for Harding. Francis led the team with nine rebounds.

Junior Kenyan Borders led Southwestern with 19 points, and senior Rod Camphor made four 3-pointers and had 18.

The game ended a three-game home stand for Harding, who travels to Arkadelphia, Ark., to take on Henderson State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.