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Southeastern basketball put on a show with both men and women sweeping Arkansas Tech and Harding in Bloomer Sullivan Arena last week.
The bad news was that school was out and very few students were here on campus. Worse news is that even with school in session and students here, it’s difficult to get them interested in supporting athletics.
It wasn’t all that long ago when the students filled Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium. Fans from the community helped pack the gym. Civic clubs held contests to see who could turn out the most members. Fraternities and sororities were well represented in the bleachers.
Crowd cutoff was mandated by the fire department. Many fans were left standing outside when doors were closed and locked.
Those were the good old days.
The good old days are gone. Will they ever return? Heck, who knows.
It would be great to see the football stadium, basketball arena, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, volleyball matches all filled to overflowing on game days and/or nights.
I doubt seriously if you can find more bang for your entertainment buck anywhere else. Southeastern fields some seriously good teams across the board.
Go to Norman for an Oklahoma University game. Pay big bucks for bad seats, pay for parking, pay high prices at the concession stands. Yell for the Sooners when the game you’re seeing is more like a board game than a football game.
You can see a season’s worth of football for far less money right here at home.
Maybe we’ll never get back to great student/fan crowds at Southeastern sporting events. It may be a sign of the times, but it’s still a shame.
Full disclosure: I am not able to attend football and basketball games because of my back and assorted ailments. When I could attend, I did. Home and away.
Maybe we should all take a look at what really matters and realize that supporting the home team is a win-win – for the teams and for the fans.
SOUTHEASTERN BASKETBALL turned in a rare double-double as men and women swept Arkansas Tech and Harding last week in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Coach Darin Grover’s young ladies knocked off Arkansas Tech 80-59 and topped Harding 74-68 in overtime.
Coach Kelly Green’s young men defeated Arkansas Tech 90-86 and stopped Harding 76-55.
The ladies are tied for second in the Great American Conference race and the men are tied for fifth behind a four-way tie for first.
Briley Moon (5-6, freshman from Martin’s Mill, Texas) led the way against Tech with 21 points, five of seven from the field, four of four from beyond the three-point line, three assists and 10 rebounds to complete her double-double.
Kamryn Cantwell (5-8, freshman from Bowie, Texas) added 16 points and 10 boards. Katie Webb (5-10, junior from Melissa, Texas) was in double figures with 14 points on six of 10 from the field.
Cantwell knocked in 21 points to lead the charge against Harding. She hit 12 of 15 at the charity stripe, dished out seven assists and pulled down eight rebounds.
Webb added 18 points on six of eight free throws and grabbed nine boards. Robinson and Neely Noel (5-7, sophomore from Rattan) each scored 10 points with Robinson swishing three of six from beyond the arc.
Webb provided some drama when she nailed two of two free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation. That sent the game to overtime and a six-point Storm victory.
Southeastern is averaging 81 points per game and allowing only 65.2 ppg.
The ladies shoot .430 from the field and allow .366 while posting an outstanding .395 from three-point range and holding opponents to just .272 from far out.
Free-throw percentage favors Southeastern .735 to .674.
Webb leads Southeastern scoring at 20 points a game. She shoots .535 from the field on 83 of 135 and posts .400 on six of 15 treys. She adds 48 of 61 at the line for .787 on free throws. She is second with 16 steals and 33 assists and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game.
Cantwell is averaging 14 points a game and is second with 5.6 boards. She tops the team with 36 assists.
Moon is in double figures with 10.8 points per game and shoots a blistering .440 with 22 of 50 three-pointers. She leads the team with 23 steals and adds 17 assists.
For the men, D.J. Henderson (6-0, 175, senior from Mesa, Arizona, and Arizona State University) knocked in 24 points to lead the Storm to victory against Arkansas Tech. He hit eight of 11 three-pointers and pulled down six rebounds.
Kellen Manek (6-7, 225, sophomore from Harrah, Oklahoma, and Oral Roberts University) zipped in 23 points with two of three treys and 5 of 6 free throws while grabbing six boards.
Kevin Buckingham (6-6, 220, junior from Keller, Texas) scored 17 points on seven of 12 from the field and pulled down eight rebounds. Kayo Goncalves (6-8, 220, sophomore from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Midland, Texas, College) added 12 points and four boards.
Manek led the way against Harding with 22 points, seven of 11 from the field, four of six from beyond the three-point line and a team-high eight rebounds.
Buckingham hit 18 points on eight-of 12 shooting from the field while collecting two steals and adding six boards.
The Storm average 82.2 points a game and give up only 68.1 ppg.
Southeastern men knock in .471 percent from the field while opponents average .414.
Three-pointers favor the Storm .372-.317 and SE shoots .745 on free throws to .654 for opponents.
Buckingham paces the men with 17.3 points per game on outstanding shooting from the field (.614 on 70-114), .423 on treys with 11 of 26, and .846 on 22 of 26 free throws. He also leads the team with 9.2 rebounds a game, 12 steals and seven blocks.
Manek averages 15.9 points a game on 56 of 113 (.496) from the field, .449 on 22 of 49 from beyond the arc, and .820 on 41 of 50 from the charity stripe. He averages 5.7 rebounds a game and is second with 10 steals and three blocks.
Jett Jobe (6-3, 185, junior from Tuttle, Oklahoma, and Mississippi State) is in double figures with 11.8 points and second with 58 assists.
THE LATEST GAC women’s basketball standings have been released and Southeastern is tied for second place.
Southwestern tops the list at 11-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play.
Southeastern (7-4) and Henderson State (10-3) are tied for second at 5-2. East Central (9-3) is fourth at 4-2.
Harding (8-4), Arkansas-Monticello (4-7) and Southern Nazarene (4-8) are knotted at 3-3. Oklahoma Baptist (6-6), Arkansas Tech (5-7), Northwestern (5-8) and Ouachita Baptist (4-8) are tied at 2-4 and Southern Arkansas (1-11) is winless in conference play at 0-6.
GAC Standings for the men show a four-way tie for first place with Southern Nazarene (12-2), Southern Arkansas (10-2), Arkansas-Monticello (9-3) and Oklahoma Baptist (6-6) locked up at 5-1.
Southeastern (9-2) is alone at 5-2. East Central (7-4) is 4-2, Harding (5-7) is 3-3 and Henderson State (8-5) is 3-4.
Ouachita Baptist (4-6) and Northwestern (3-9) are tied at 1-5. Southwestern (3-9) and Arkansas Tech (2-10) are winless in league play at 0-6.
STORM BASKETBALL hits the road for the next three games.
Southeastern travels to the University of Arkansas-Monticello for a 5:30 p.m. twinbill Thursday, January 10.
Southern Arkansas is next for a 1 p.m. tip on Saturday, January 12.
East Central is just up the road a piece and will host Southeastern at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17.
There will never be a better delayed Christmas present than a trip to Ada. It is more than likely the knock-down, drag-out battle will stay the same during the new year.