Southeastern's win over Tulsa considered upset of the year so far
DURANT, OK -- The Southeastern men's basketball team is on a tear, including senior point guard Taylor Smaller. The St. Paul, MN native is averaging more than 13 points a game in their 11 contests so far this season.
The team has played four Division I opponents now this season, including Texas Tech, and then Wednesday night would be the big one against Tulsa.
"It felt good because we've been playing against Division I's both years that I've been here and to finally get one it felt really good," Smaller said.
He'd also help lead the way with 18 points, but becoming the first non-DI team to beat TU in nearly 38 years almost wouldn't happen.
"I mean it showed last night, we were up at 16 at one point then we kind of had a couple of mental lapses toward the end but at the end of the day we still got a win," senior power forward Darius Harris added.
The Massey Ratings lists that win as the biggest upset so far this season in college basketball. Bigger than NJIT beating Michigan and Delaware State beating Wake Forest.
No trophies handed out last night in Tulsa as they'd knock off the Division I program, they're back hard at work getting ready for a rigorous Great American Conference schedule.
"We go out and try to think that we're playing on our laurels from Wednesday night and we're going to be in for a rough evening," head coach Kelly Green added.
NW Oklahoma State will wrap up their first semester slate as they'll try to head into Christmas break at 2-2 in GAC play. That's where the focus is now a full day after the upset.
"But the truth of the matter is, our game on Saturday is a conference game and it means a lot more than Wednesday night's game against Tulsa," Green added.
Smaller, Harris and the rest of the Storm club understand that while at the same time they realize what they accomplished at the Reynolds Center won't soon be forgotten in Durant.
"I mean I hope the players next year after we leave can stay along this train and keep pushing for it," Harris said.
"It feels good just to know that this win will be carried over for a long time and people will remember this team just for that win," Smaller concluded.