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Briggs leads the way as Eagles extend streak in Montana

December 21, 2009
By NAIA National Office

Dec. 21, 2009

Story courtesy of Oklahoma Wesleyan Sports Information


BILLINGS, Mont. – After beginning the game missing their first nine shots, the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles heated up to shoot 47-percent from the field to take down the Battlin’ Bears from Rocky Mountain College (Mont.), 89-78, on Saturday (Dec. 19) night in Billings, Mont. It was a match-up of the Division II national champion Eagles and Rocky Mountain, winners of Division I last season.


The best three point shooting team in the nation, the 12-0 Eagles finished the ball game with a total of 13. OKWU converted four more shots from long range than Rocky Mountain, giving them the 12-point margin of victory they needed.


With the win over the 2009 NAIA Division I National Champions, the Eagles extended the nations longest winning streak to 30 games.


An All-American last season, senior Steve Briggs stepped up to the challenge following the slow start, scoring the first 11 OKWU points. Briggs finished the first half with 20 of his 36-points, including converting six baskets from behind the arc.


It was a balanced showing for the Eagles in scoring, junior All-American Sadiel Rojas was the only other Wesleyan player to reach double figures, finishing the contest with 16 points. Rojas also finished the contest with 14 rebounds, recording his seventh double-double of the season.


Oklahoma Wesleyan men are idle until 2010 when they return home to face Ozark Christian College (Mo.) on Jan. 2 in Bartlesville.

For more information on this game, click here.

Championship Information

NAIA DI Men's Basketball Championship
Sports Rules - Basketball DI (M)