Muleriders still fighting to get in GAC tourney after one-point win

A turn-around, off-balance jumper from senior guard Carel Ray Jr. with 16 seconds to play helped the Southern Arkansas Muleriders kept their GAC hopes alive with a 70-69 win over Oklahoma Baptist.

The Muleriders moved into a tie for seventh place with Southwestern Oklahoma State. The top eight teams advance to the postseason tournament early next month in Shawnee, OK. SAU prepares for this afternoon's 3 p.m. tipoff in Bethany, OK, against Southern Nazarene. The Crimson Storm are a game up on the Muleriders and in a three-way tie for fourth place with three games remaining.

Ray's basket capped a 21-point night, followed by Gregory Hammond Jr. adding 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

An 11-5 run over the first four plus minutes of play in the second half set Oklahoma Baptist to a 44-40 advantage at the 15:45 mark. Ray knocked down a triple try to pull Southern Arkansas to within a point at 44-43, but the Bison used a 9-0 streak to grab a commanding 53-43 with 11:48 to play.

The Bison led by six points with six minutes to go in the game. Free throws helped the Bison go up by four points at 67-63 at the 1:41 mark,but the the Muleriders took a 68-67 lead with 53 seconds left.

Later, SAU managed to secure the win.

After today, SAU will travel to Ouachita Baptist on Feb. 29, end the regular season by hosting Arkansas Tech on Saturday and hopefully begin play in the GAC Tournament that begins March 7.

Lady Muleriders 60,

Oklahoma Baptist 51

With a chance at a trip back to the FireLake Arena for the Great American Conference Tournament on the line, the Southern Arkansas University Lady Muleriders managed to pull out a 60-51 victory over Oklahoma Baptist.

With the events that took place on Thursday night, the Lady Muleriders now controls their own destiny and sits at 7th place in the GAC.

Recording a career-high while at Southern Arkansas University last night was senior Addy Tremie as she tallied 24 points against the Bison for her third 20-point ballgame in the last four contests.

Tequaza Chambers was the second-highest leading scorer for SAU as she accounted for 10 points.

Southern Arkansas now sits in seventh in the league standings. The Lady Muleriders are are at 7th-ranked Southern Nazarene today at 1 p.m., followed by a trip to Ouachita Baptist Feb. 29 and the regular-season finale at home March 2 against Arkansas Tech.

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