CHICKASHA – In a clash of two of the NAIA’s best, the No. 8 Langston University Lions fell short 89-86 to the No. 20 University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Sooner Athletic Conference play on Saturday.
The Drovers led by as much as 12 points in the second half when Langston (15-4, 7-4 SAC) mounted a furious comeback and tied the game on a three-point bucket by Malik Young at the 6:58 mark. USAO (14-4, 7-3 SAC) pushed their lead back to five at the four-minute mark and Young answered the call again and tied the game at 81-81 following back-to-back free throws with 2:55 remaining.
USAO pushed their lead to 89-86 after Geno Artison connected on back-to-back free throw attempts. The Lions’ attempt to tie the game came on a three-point attempt by Tyrone Killings, Jr that fell short, sealing the victory for USAO.
Latarius Lloyd led Langston with a season-high 17 points on six-of-nine shooting. Jerami Grace, Edmond Franklin and Killings, Jr. all posted 13 points apiece on the afternoon. Young rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 while Kameron Mack snagged a season-high 11 rebounds.
Collectively, the Lions hit 43 percent overall (26-of-60), 13-of-26 from three-point range and finished 21-of-28 from the free throw line. USAO knocked down 50 percent (32-of-63) and were led in scoring by Cameron Hines’ 30 points.
Langston (15-4, 7-4) returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Southwestern Christian in Bethany, Okla. Game time is set for 8 p.m.