Score: New Mexico State 76 – Oral Roberts 61
Records: NMSU (7-5) – ORU (8-6)
Location: Pan American Center (Las Cruces, N.M.)
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team fell to New Mexico State 76-61 on the road Monday night at the Pan American Center. It was the fourth straight road game for the Golden Eagles and the sixth game out of the last seven that was played away from the Mabee Center.
A one-point game at the break, the Aggies dominated the boards in the second half, using 12 offensive rebounds to the tune of 14 second-chance points in the second frame alone.
It was all Pascal Siakam for the Aggies as he had 35 points and 11 rebounds to lead NMSU in both categories.
An 8-2 run out of the locker room put the Golden Eagles on their heels for the majority of the second half, forcing ORU to try and play catchup.
Quote of the Game
"He (Siakam) plays his tail off. We have some guys that I don't think are playing as hard as I think they can play. Brandon Conley is not one of those. I thought he competed. If we had five guys who competed as hard as he did tonight we wouldn't be sitting here looking at our fourth straight loss. I hope the guys enjoy their time off for Christmas but we have to get back to the practice floor and get some things corrected and try to find some guys who are going to put it on the line every night." – Coach Scott Sutton
Oral Roberts: Emegano had 18 points, Conley had 15 rebounds, including nine offensive boards, and also tied Aaron Young for a team high with three assists.
New Mexico State: Siakam led NMSU in points (35), rebounds (11) and blocks (2).
Inside the Box Score
- ORU got off to a great start, using an early 8-0 run to take a 10-2 lead. After the Aggies came back and took their largest lead of the half at 27-20, ORU mounted a 7-0 spurt to tie the game after a Martin jumper.
- The 27 free throws allowed tied the second most on the season. South Carolina got to the line 27 times and LSU got to the line a season-high 28 times.
- NMSU shot 46 percent (27-58) from the field in the game, the worst percentage by a DI opponent since Tulsa connected on just 38 percent of their shots.
- ORU shot 45 percent (25-56) from the field and was just 2-8 from 3-point range, tying the game against FIU for the fewest made triples in a game this season.
News and Notes
- Conley set a career high with 15 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. He also notched double-figures in points and rebounds against New Mexico and Oklahoma.
- Despite the loss, ORU finished the non-conference season with eight wins, the most since winning nine games before Christmas during the 2011-12 season.
ORU will have a break for the Christmas holiday before beginning Summit League play December 30 at IPFW to complete the five-game road swing.
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