Men's basketball hosts #1 ranked Oklahoma Baptist Sat., 4pm

Men’s Basketball
#18 Evangel Crusaders (8-4) vs. #1 Oklahoma Baptist Bison (12-1)
Game #13 – Springfield, Mo.
Sat., Dec. 29, 2012 – 4 p.m. – Ashcroft Center (1,200) 

Evangel Broadcast Coverage:
Radio- ESPN 1400
Live audio- 

Tickets: General Admission tickets to Saturday’s game are FREE and include seating in all four bleacher sections of the Ashcroft Center. Reserved seating in the balcony remains $10 for Saturday’s game.  

Crusaders face #1 ranked Oklahoma Baptist: Evangel ends their semester break and plays for the first time since Dec. 11 Saturday when they face #1 ranked Oklahoma Baptist at the Ashcroft Center Saturday.

The Bison are 12-1 and took over the top spot in NAIA-I in the last national poll. Oklahoma Baptist won their first eight games of the season before losing to 20th ranked California-San Marcos, ranked 20th at the time, 75-65 on Nov. 30. The Bison bounced back the next day, however, to defeat #1 ranked and defending national champion Concordia (Calif.) 88-81 in Las Vegas.

Oklahoma Baptist has won four straight including their last game, an 88-40 win over Manhattan Christian (Kan.) on Dec. 15.

The Crusaders have been idle since their Dec. 11 loss at College of the Ozarks 80-67. Evangel returned to the practice court on Dec. 26 in preparation for Saturday’s game and the remainder of their conference schedule which starts Jan. 3 at Missouri Valley.

Saturday’s game is a rematch of the Nov. 24 game at Oklahoma Baptist won by the Bison 79-65. The game was the first meeting ever between the two programs.

Head Coaches:
Evangel: Steve Jenkins (31st year, 570-400)
Oklahoma Baptist: Doug Tolin (12th year, 350-86) 

Last Game:
Evangel: lost at College of the Ozarks 80-67 (Dec. 11)
Oklahoma Baptist: won vs. Manhattan Chr. (Kan.) 88-40 (Dec. 15) 

All-Time Series: Oklahoma Baptist 1-0

Previous Meeting:
Oklahoma Bapt. 79 Evangel 65 (Nov. 24, 2012 at OBU)


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