Rivalry Week in the Great American Conference will be in full swing Thursday, Feb. 27 when Southeastern Oklahoma State comes to the Kerr Activities Center for a battle with the East Central University men’s basketball team at 7:30 p.m.
The Savage Storm are 8-16 overall and 5-13 in the GAC after dropping thee of their last five games, with all the losses on the road.
Southeastern has a -2.2 scoring and +2.3 rebounding margin on the year. Despite its losing record, they hold a .460 to .418 shooting percentage advantage from the field.
The Savage Storm have three players in double-digits in the scoring column and one more a 9.4. Urald King leads the team with 16.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, while shooting .581 from the field. Taylor Smaller adds 11.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, with 55 percent of his shots coming from beyond the arc. John Balwigaire contributes 10.6 points as the final member of the trio.
Against the Savage Storm
In the first meeting with Southeastern this season, the Tigers came home with a 64-59 victory. Both teams made the same number of overall and three-point shots, with the key difference coming at the free-throw line. ECU went 15-of-23 from the charity stripe, while the Savage Storm were 10-of-22.
Senior Colby Carr led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds, while red-shirt freshman A.J. Moutry added 12 points and four rebounds.
Urald King and Darius Harris were the leaders for Southeastern. King garnered 13 points and 16 rebounds, with Harris adding seven points and 11 boards.
One of the longest rivalries in Oklahoma, the all-time series with the Savage Storm dates back to 1927-28 and has been contested 166 times since. The battle is so tight that the series is currently tied at 83 games each, with ECU having won the last game.
Black Out Kerr
Thursday’s game is the annual Black Out Kerr Game. The first 200 fans will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of Patriot Ford. Fans will also have a chance to win $500 from the Alumni Association, gift certificates from Rib Crib, and someone will be crowned the Rib Crib Rib Eating King/Queen during halftime of the men’s game.
First in the GAC Tournament
The Tigers have gone from the lone team in the GAC to not participate in a post season tournament to being the first team to guarantee a spot in the 2013-14 GAC Tournament in Bentonville, Ark., March 6-9. This is the first time since the 2002-03 season that an ECU team has advanced to a conference tournament. The Tigers first game is Thursday, March 6, with the remaining teams in the tournament heading to local schools to visit with elementary kids, Friday, March 7.
The Tigers will finish the 2013-14 regular-season at home, Saturday, March 1 when they host Arkansas Tech at 4 p.m. in the Kerr Activities Center. The game is the annual senior night where ECU will recognize its six Tiger seniors.