ODESSA, Texas (Dec. 1, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian’s road shooting woes resurfaced on Saturday and the Eagles dropped their first-ever Heartland Conference game, falling 63-50 to Texas-Permian Basin at the Falcon Dome.
OC (4-4) finished a stretch of six straight games away from home with the loss to UTPB (1-4), which shot a sizzling 60 percent from the field in the first half to build a double-digit lead and never allowed the Eagles closer than six points after that.
The Eagles went 18 of 52 from the field (34.6 percent) and made only four of 16 3-point attempts.
Madison Turner led the Falcons with 27 points. He scored 17 in the first half, going 5-of-5 from the field – including 4-of-4 from 3-point range – and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. His hot shooting helped UTPB shoot 60 percent for the half (12 of 20) and allowed the Falcons to take a 36-22 halftime lead.
As hot as the Falcons were in the first half, they were cold in the second half, shooting 5 of 19 (26.3 percent) from the field. But the Eagles proved unable to take advantage.
A 3-pointer by Anthony Dees with 16:05 left gave the Falcons a 40-25 lead. UTPB didn’t record another field goal for nine minutes and the Eagles slowly closed the gap, but not all the way. The closest OC came was 41-35 after two free throws by Will Reinke with 10:50 left, but the Eagles then went scoreless for the next four minutes, allowing UTPB to restore its lead to double digits.
Reinke, who finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, was the only OC player to reach double digits in scoring. Dees finished with 19 points and Tyler Reynolds added 12 for UTPB.
The Eagles will start a five-game homestand on Tuesday, stepping out of conference play to host Dallas Christian (Texas). OC also will play Mid-America Christian on Thursday and Southwestern Christian on Saturday to wrap up the first-semester schedule.