Score: Pepperdine 80 – Oral Roberts 76
Records: Pepperdine (2-3) – ORU (1-4)
Location: Malibu, Calif. (Firestone Fieldhouse)
MALIBU, Calif. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team fell 80-76 Tuesday night to host Pepperdine as the Waves' offense caught fire at the end of the game to erase an ORU lead in the final game of the 2017 Progressive Legends Classic.
Pepperdine hit five of their final six shots in the contest after coming back to tie the game.
All five ORU starters scored in double figures for ORU, led by Emmanuel Nzekwesi's 17 points and seven rebounds. Nzekwesi also added five assists and three blocks and was named to the All-Tournament team following the game.
Pepperdine got 21 points from Colbey Ross, who was 7-10 from the field in the game and also dished out six assists. Trae Berhow grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
With the game tied 70-70 with 4:17 to play after a pair of Kearns free throws, Pepperdine scored the next four points to leave ORU playing catch up for the rest of the game.
Quote of the Game
"Obviously in the first half our offense looked a whole lot better than in the second half, but that is too many 3-pointers, especially in a back-to-back game, knowing that you are going to be tired. We knew we had to play inside out and Albert did a good job but unfortunately it didn't go our way." – ORU Head Coach Paul Mills
Oral Roberts: Nzekwesi led ORU in scoring (17), rebounding (seven) and blocks (three), while Sam Kearns dished out an ORU season high seven assists.
Pepperdine: Ross led the Waves in scoring (21) and assists (six), while Berhow grabbed eight rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 50 percent (28-56) from the field and 40 percent (8-20) from 3-point range, but was just 3-12 from long range in the second half.
- Pepperdine connected on 53 percent (27-51) from the field including a 61 percent (16-26) clip in the second half.
- Both teams were over 70 percent from the free throw line, with Pepperdine getting to the charity stripe nine times more than ORU.
- Pepperdine led the rebounding battle d32-27, but ORU had a 15-12 advantage in second chance points.
News and Notes
- The 58.3 percent shot by the Golden Eagles in the first half on Tuesday was the highest shooting percentage for a half this season, topping the 53 percent in the second half against Tulsa.
- White hit the first 3-pointer of his career at the end of the first half with the shot clock winding down to give ORU the 40-33 halftime advantage.
- Nzekwesi's performances earned him Malibu Subregional All-Tournament honors.
- Tuesday marked the 100th game of senior Albert Owens' ORU career.
The Golden Eagles will head east to face Penn State on Friday evening in University Park, Pennsylvania.
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