Reddie for free-throws

HSU uses double-bonus to their advantage, completes sweep of OBU for season

Teuana Smith, Sports Reporter

Cruising on a three-game winning streak, the final hardwood duel of the season between the shortest distanced rivalry in the NCAA took place Monday night between HSU and Ouachita.

OBU started with a hot hand as Henderson took the slow and steady approach to gain points. HSU had to play catch up once the Tigers jumped ahead nine points, up 22-13. GAC Player of the Week, senior forward Raekwon Rogers slammed a hefty dunk on a Reddies’ run, bringing Henderson’s deficit down to just two points elevating the energy on Don Dyer Court.

The lead slipped through OBU’s hands once more before Henderson finally caught up in the last minute of the first half. The Reddies’ finesse put them in position for the lead, as senior forward Jeremiah Toney hit a killer half-court heave at the buzzer, ending the first half on a high note with Henderson up by a triple, 36-33.

Henderson came out the locker room with a bang, starting the second half building up a comfortable lead. HSU junior guard Malik Riddle intensified his play with a commanding dunk of his own, putting the score at 60-47.

Ouachita Baptist entered into foul trouble rapidly, acquiring 15 fouls within 10 minutes of the second half, placing HSU in a double bonus situation. Rogers hit back-to-back jumpers, drawing fouls on the Tigers which fouled out two of OBU’s post men.

Henderson continued to press forward, but the Tigers found a way to step on their toes, bringing the score up to a 65-point tie at the 4:28 mark. Unfortunately, Rogers fouled out in the final two minutes of the game, leaving the team in a vulnerable state. Needless to say, the Reddies stepped up to the plate and locked in the win with one layup and a multitude of free throws. 

HSU’s 76 percent free-throw shooting reigned supreme in the end against Ouachita Baptist for an 82-75 victory. To make the game even better, Xavier Davenport had a great night, scoring a career-high 15 points, tying with Riddle. Rogers followed close with 14 points, and junior guard Damian Dear finished with 13 points.

Henderson will face Harding in a home game on Feb. 25 for Senior Night and the Reddies’ final home game of the season.