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Wonders Boys in two close battles in GAC

The Wonders Boys beat Oklahoma Baptist on Thursday, off a last second tip-in by Tyler Corley, a junior from Indianapolis, Indiana, to win 64-62.

The game started with the Wonder Boys taking an 11-9 lead in the first half with 11:18 left to play.

The Wonder Boys lead slowly disappeared once Oklahoma Baptist went on a 10-3 run, which brought the score to 19-14 with 7:23 to play in the first.

The two teams went back and forth until a dunk by Tech’s own Tyrone Haughton, a junior from Miami, Florida, which gave the Wonder Boys the lead in the closing seconds of the first half. In the second half both teams traded leads but the Wonder Boys took a one point lead with 1:56 to play.

Mason Cline, a freshman from Springdale, hit a three-pointer that put Tech up 60-57, but Oklahoma Baptist hit a pair of free throws to make the game a one point contest.

Corley made a lay-up with 22.3 seconds remaining, but Oklahoma answered right back, with a three pointer.

With nine seconds left in the final half, Corley gets a tip in off of a rebound, which gave tech a two point win at the buzzer taking the lead to 64-62.

The game featured 14 ties and 18 lead changes. After the close win on Thursday, the Wonder Boys fell short to Southern Nazarene 67-63 on Saturday.

Turn-overs made a big difference in this game, The Wonder Boys had 15 turnovers to Southern Nazarene 8. Going into the half the score was 32-32. The second half kept the pace going, as the teams traded baskets the game saw another tie 40-40.

For the next three minutes SNU outscored tech in a 6-2 run. Tech pushed their way back to a one point deficit. SNU controlled the remainder of the game, Tech was able to come within three points, but weren’t able to pull out the win.

The Wonder Boys will be back in action at Tucker Coliseum on Thursday, Feb.11. against Ouachita Baptist.