The University of Central Oklahoma Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 4th in the NCAA Division II standings released on March 8th.
The Bronchos finished the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 30-4. Central Oklahoma fell in the South Central Regional finals to Midwestern State 73-66.
The Bronchos Season
The Bronchos faced Midwestern State in the finals of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional finals and fell 73-66. Foul trouble was the main factor in the loss with 27 fouls called on the Bronchos and three of them fouling out.
Midwestern State went to the line 45 times, making 29 points in free throws alone. This season was still extremely successful despite the season ending loss. Central Oklahoma finished with 30 wins, the most in school history and a 25-game home winning streak.
The Bronchos were also crowned the Lone Star Conference Champions. Head Coach Terry Evans leads the Bronchos but needs Dauntae Williams, Jarrod McDaniel and Tyler Phillips to perform well to win.
About The Team
Head Coach Terry Evans is in his ninth season at Central Oklahoma and has managed to turn the Bronchos program into a perennial powerhouse. In the last three seasons, Evans has had a 74-19 record and has led the Bronchos to six national tournament appearances, five Lone Star Conference North Division titles and one overall league crown.
Evans has had five 20-win seasons within the past six years and has earned the LSC North Division Coach of the Year honors five times, including this season. He was also named the NABC Coach of the Year.
Senior Dauntae Williams was named the LSC North Division Player of the Year and All-LSC North First Team for the second consecutive season. Williams averaged 21.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game and is the only player in the LSC to rank in the top 10 in all four categories.
Williams was also a six-time LSC North Division Offensive Player of the week pick, and ranked 9th on the school’s single-season scoring list with 630 points. Williams was also named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Central Regional Team and was a NABC First Team selection.
Junior Jarrod McDaniel was named Defensive Player of the Year and his defense has been key to the team’s success. He averaged 3.5 points per game, but his defensive presence was unmatched by anyone. Junior Tyler Phillips was named the LSC Academic Player of the Year and All-LSC Second Team. He averaged 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
About The School
The University of Central Oklahoma is located in Edmond, OK and strives to make each student’s experience a transformative one. There are over 17,000 students and the state’s third largest university.
Central Oklahoma offers over 112 majors including some that won’t be found anywhere else in the state or region. Edmond is a suburb of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area and offers both the safety of a small campus but also the excitement of a big city.