MATTEWS, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s impressive performance in an exhibition game at Oklahoma last month caught the attention of a writer for a national basketball publication.
OC led the Sooners at halftime on Nov. 4 before eventually falling 88-76, a strong result against a team from the Big 12 Conference that since has started the season 10-1.
Chuck Mistovich, a longtime writer for Basketball Times who covers the small-college scene for the monthly newspaper, noted the result of the OC game in a column in the December issue about NCAA Division II and NAIA teams that either beat or played well against Division I squads in exhibition games.
“Oklahoma Christian is a team to contend with, as shown in an 88-76 exhibition loss to Oklahoma,” Mistovich wrote. “Dan Hays’ team had a 41-38 halftime lead before the Sooners started rolling with their traps and speed-up game. John Moon, a 6-11, 250-pound freshman, was impressive in 24 minutes with four points and five rebounds.”
OC finished the first semester with a 4-6 record. The Eagles’ next game will be Jan. 2 at Heartland Conference rival Arkansas-Fort Smith.