Southwestern had no answers Wednesday night against Langston University in the second round of the NAIA Tournament.
The No. 22 Builders fell 87-65 against the No. 5 Lions in Langston, Oklahoma.
SC ends its season 26-7 with a first-round NAIA Tournament win and the KCAC Conference Tournament trophy.
Thank you 2 @Moundbuilders & @buildersports 4 all your support this season. I am honored to coach @SCMensBall this season. Our group showed character & worked 2 get better everyday. Our seniors have left a legacy of toughness & serving others. #thankful
— Matt O’Brien (@coachOBatSC) March 9, 2023
Moundbuilder Junior Cevin Clark, an Ark City product who is one of the top scorers in the country with nine games of at least 30 points and has averaged 24.4 points per contest, was held to 16 points. Senior teammate Deng Bol led SC with 19 points. No other Builders were in double-figures.
Cooper Pierce, another SC senior and Ark City High School alum who played his final game as a Moundbuilder, posted five points and five rebounds.
Langston, the No. 2 seed of the Duer Quadrant, led 24-6 with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half and SC went into halftime behind 45-30.
Southwestern, the 7-seed, did close the gap to seven early in the second half, but the Lions hit high-gear again and never looked back.
Turnovers were an issue for the Builders and lost that margin 17-4. SC also struggled at the charity stripe and hit just 14 of 23.
Langston was led by AJ Rainey, who scored a game-high 32 points.
With the defeat, the Builders see their record-breaking season end in the second round of the NAIA tournament for the third time in the last six years, according to SC.
Bol and Pierce are the lone seniors in the box score Wednesday night, however, SC will also graduate Aidan Fields, Carson Loya and Rance Kendrick from the roster.
Full stats of Wednesday night’s game can be found here.