Score: IPFW 90 – ORU 84
Records: IPFW (11-4, 1-0 SL) – ORU (8-7, 0-1 SL)
Location: Memorial Coliseum (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Obi Emegano could not be stopped as the senior scored a career-best 38 points, but the Oral Roberts men's basketball team could not steal the win on the road as the Golden Eagles fell to IPFW 90-84 Wednesday night at Memorial Coliseum.
In addition to Emegano's scoring output, Kris Martin scored 14 and grabbed a career best eight rebounds, while Jalen Bradley added 13 points. Aaron Young, who made just his second start of the year, dished out a team-best four assists, his highest mark of the season.
IPFW hit 11 3-pointers and held a 48-33 rebounding advantage in the contest. The Mastodons were led by Max Landis, who was 5-9 from 3-point range, including his first three attempts of the second half, en route to 21 points. Mo Evans, DeAngelo Stewart and John Konchar each scored 15 points, while Evans led the way with 11 rebounds.
Down three with less than a minute left, the Golden Eagles forced a wild shot at the shot clock buzzer, but failed to secure the rebound, allowing IPFW another opportunity to push it to a two-possession game.
Quote of the Game
"We got hammered on the glass at critical times and they made us pay. Rebounding in general is about effort and toughness. Also, we didn't execute defensively. I thought we got better these last few days in practice but it didn't carry over to the game tonight. We have to go back and get after it. I've told every team, you aren't going to win a championship playing average, or below average, defense." – Coach Scott Sutton
Oral Roberts: Emegano scored a career high 38 points, Martin grabbed a career high 8 rebounds and Young dished out a season-best four assists.
IPFW: Landis scored 21 points, while Evans scored 15 points and led the Mastodons in rebounds (11) and assists (7).
Inside the Box Score
- ORU connected on 48 percent (35-73) from the field, but was just 30 percent (7-23) from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles also struggled from the line hitting just 7-11 (64 percent).
- IPFW shot 47 percent (34-73) from the field and 44 percent (11-25) from 3-point range. The Mastodons hit 11-16 from the free throw line.
- IPFW out-rebounded ORU 48-33, and held a 19-7 advantage In second chance points.
News and Notes
- IPFW led by as many as seven in the first half (35-28) before ORU came all the way back to take a 38-37 lead after a 10-2 run. An exclamation point was put on the run when the Golden Eagle defense forced a shot clock violation out of an IPFW time out.
- With the loss, the Golden Eagles fell to 2-7 on the road this season. ORU has played 11 of its 15 games on the road and concluded a five-game road swing on Wednesday.
- Emegano scored a career high 38 points, narrowly missing his first 40-point performance.
- This is the second year in a row in which ORU has started league play with a loss on the road.
The Golden Eagles will return home to face South Dakota January 3 at the Mabee Center. That game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and will be available through the ESPN app.
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