No. 21 Men’s Basketball Defeats Ottawa in Overtime Thriller, 92-84

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – It took overtime for the Oklahoma Wesleyan men’s basketball team to defeat Ottawa University on Wednesday night, 92-84.

The Eagles outscored the Braves 14-6 in the overtime period to secure the eight-point victory.

With the win, No. 21 Oklahoma Wesleyan is now in a four-way tie for second place in the KCAC standings with a record of 11-6. The other teams tied are Kansas Wesleyan, Friends, and York.

Breiman Alexander led the Eagles in scoring with a game-high 22 points. He nailed five triples from behind the arc and also collected three steals. Reigning KCAC Defensive Player of the Week, Josh Wilchcombe, finished with another double-double as he recorded 13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Elbert Lawrence shot 5-for-9 from the field for 14 points, while Isaac Rowe added 14 points and nine rebounds. Jake Feickert connected on two three’s for eight points to round out the scoring for OKWU.

As a team, Oklahoma Wesleyan shot 45%(33/73) from behind the arc and 45%(14/31) from the three-point line. They converted on just 12-of-21 free-throws, but outrebounded Ottawa on the boards 46 to 33.

The next game for the Eagles will be on Saturday, February 3rd, as they travel to Winfield, Kansas to face No. 6 Southwestern College. Tip-off between the two nationally-ranked teams is scheduled for 3:00pm inside Stewart Field House.