Southeastern shoots lights out in home opening win
Via Southeastern Oklahoma State University Athletic Communications
DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern had a pair of 20-point scorers and five players total reach double-figures as it put up 70 first half points on its way to a 120-88 victory over Arlington Baptist on Tuesday night in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
The win lifts the Savage Storm to 2-3 overall on the year heading into a Saturday afternoon matchup against Dallas Christian set for 3 p.m. back in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Kody Clouet paced all scorers with 27 points on the night in 19m minutes of work, going 11-of-13 from the floor overall and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Jett Sternberger was next in line with 23 points on the strength of five threes and in the process posted his 1,000th point as a member of the Savage Storm, bringing his total since transferring to SE to 1,007 points. When combined with his seasons at Rogers State, he ranks eighth in career scoring among active Division II players with 1,533 points.
Brenen Burns followed with 16 points and put up a double-double by handing out 10 assists in the contest.
Kyle Leslie was right behind with 15 points and a trio of threes, while Elijah Hughey came off the bench and chipped in 12 points to round out the team's double-digit scoring.
All 12 players who saw action on the night would get in the scoring column for Southeastern.
The offense was clicking as it tallied 32 total assists, led by 10 from Burns while Clouet, Sternberger, Santiago Camacho Gomez, and Chandler Dickinson each handed out four dimes.
The Storm would finish with 39 rebounds with everyone pitching in on that front as Burns led the way with six, while Leslie, Clouet, and Sternberger each grabbed five.
The defense was stout, finishing with five blocks as a team and 21 steals, led by five from Robert Briley and four from Burns.
The Storm hit 12 threes and shot 58.3 percent overall in the first half en route to 70 points and a 70-38 lead, including the largest lead of the game at 39 points with 9:11 to play in the first half.
SE cooled-just slightly in the second half, shooting 52.6 percent overall and hitting six threes as the teams each scored 50 points in the half, making the final 120-88.
The 120 points is the most scored by the Storm since posting 128 in a win over Arlington Baptist on Nov. 17, 2021.