LANGSTON, Okla. (Nov. 15, 2013) – Kendre Talley recorded only the second triple-double in school history in Oklahoma Christian’s men’s basketball season opener, but his performance on Friday night at Langston might have been even better.
The senior point guard from Spencer scored a career-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds, seven assists and seven steals and scored the Eagles’ final 12 points as they held off a late Langston rally and won 83-69 at Gayles Gymnasium.
Talley’s night against the Lions wasn’t perfect, but it sure was close. He finished 12-of-14 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line and took over the game after Langston (0-4) cut a 22-point second-half deficit to nine points with 2:42 left on a free throw by Travis Scott.
Talley drove the lane for a layup, was fouled and hit the ensuing free throw. After a Langston basket, he scored consecutive buckets for OC to increase the Eagles’ lead to 80-66 with 1:22 left and effectively seal the win.
“That was a fun night,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “I thought we handled things beautifully in the first half. In the second half, we started good, but give Langston credit. They fought back and took the ball to the basket and we really couldn’t contain them very well. We got a little shook up and made some poor decisions.
“But it was a really good win. Any time you can come up here and get a 14-point win on the road, obviously, that’s a good night.”
OC trailed only once, at 4-3 in the opening minutes. Talley had 15 first-half points and Nick Tate had 12 as the Eagles steadily built their advantage to 48-28 by halftime. Tate hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:20 of the half.
The Eagles led 60-38 after a basket by Talley with about 15½ minutes left, but the Lions began chipping into that margin. OC still was up 71-53 before Terrell Jones started an 8-0 Langston run with a pair of free throws with 7:32 left.
But in the end, Talley proved to be too much for the Lions to stop. OC shot 52 percent from the field, allowing the Eagles to win somewhat comfortably despite being outrebounded 50-31.
“We’ve won a lot of games up here at Langston, but there haven’t been too many where it’s been double digits, so well done,” Hays said.
Tate scored 16 points and Willie Harper added 14 for OC. David Harris led the Lions with 24 points, while Scott had nine points and 14 rebounds.
OC will return home to face cross-Edmond rival Central Oklahoma on Tuesday at 7 p.m.