Oklahoma Baptist Visits Tech Saturday

Arkansas Tech University will continue a string of three consecutive home basketball doubleheaders by hosting Oklahoma Baptist University in Great American Conference action on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 students and senior citizens) will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge.

The homestand will conclude on Thursday, Feb. 9, when the Golden Suns and the Wonder Boys take on Southern Arkansas University.

#23 Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (15-3, 11-3 GAC) vs. OBU Lady Bison (6-14, 3-11 GAC)
When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m.

Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: Tech leads 4-2

About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech earned a 74-62 win over Southern Nazarene University on Thursday despite only dressing out eight healthy players. Included in the injured is leading scorer (13.8 points per game) and leading rebounder (8.4 rebounds per game) Cheyenne North, who missed a second consecutive game. The Golden Suns’ bench stepped up on Thursday by scoring 25 points, led by a season-high 16 points from junior forward D’Rae Tullock. Tech defeated Oklahoma Baptist 75-66 on Dec. 1 at Shawnee, Okla.

About the Lady Bison: Oklahoma Baptist fell to 1-8 away from home this season with a 72-55 loss at Harding University on Thursday. The Lady Bison have lost two consecutive games and seven of their last nine. Tasha Edge (14.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game) has been Oklahoma Baptist’s top producer in 2016-17.

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (14-4, 10-4 GAC) vs. OBU Bison (5-13, 2-12 GAC)
When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m.

Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: OBU leads 5-2

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech is averaging 12 made 3-point field goals per game, fourth-most in NCAA Division II. The Wonder Boys have made 216 3-pointers during the 2016-17 season. The school record for made 3-pointers in a season is 296, which was set by the 1994-95 Wonder Boys on their way to a berth in the NAIA National Tournament semifinals.

About the Bison: Oklahoma Baptist has lost nine of its last 10 games. The Bison rank last in the GAC in field goal percentage defense (.467) and turnover margin (-2.72 per game). Chandler Rickey scored 25 points and Steven Green had 24 points to lead Oklahoma Baptist to a 93-87 win over Arkansas Tech on Dec. 1 in Shawnee, Okla.