Photo Courtesy: OBU Athletics (Liz Chrisman)
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (GAC) - Ouachita Baptist scored its third successive upset as the fifth-seeded Tigers ended Arkansas Tech's reign as Great American Conference Men's Basketball Champions with 59-54 victory on Sunday from Bruin Fieldhouse.
Tournament MVP Colt Fason scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Tigers (17-12) claimed their first-ever men's basketball conference title at the NCAA Division II level.
After an opening 20 minutes that saw neither team grab larger than a four-point advantage, Ouachita Baptist ultimately seized control of the title game when Micah Delph hit back-to-back 3-point field goals as part of an 8-0 run that gave the Tigers a 46-37 lead. Arkansas Tech (18-11) clawed to within two in the final minute but the Tigers held on for the win and denied the Wonder Boys a second-straight GAC Tournament title.
For the third straight day, the Tiger defense carried the way. Arkansas Tech shot just 35.7 percent and for the entirety of the GAC Championship, Tiger opponents shot just 35.8 percent from the floor and 25.5 percent from the 3-point arc.
Fellow Tigers Michael Morris and Nigel Ramsey made the All-Tournament Team. Jared Williamson, Willie Kirkland and Marshawn Arnold made the team from Arkansas Tech. Southwestern Oklahoma State's Rod Camphor and Harding's Zach Roddenberry rounded out the team.
GAC teams hopeful of postseason play will learn their fate during the NCAA Division II selection show. It airs at 9:30 p.m. CT on NCAA.com. Harding ranked fourth in Wednesday's Central Region poll and Arkansas Tech checked in at No. 10. The Wonder Boys made the Sweet 16 a year ago while the Bisons last advanced to the postseason in 2011.