ORU Battles Big 12's Kansas State in 77-68 Loss

ORU Battles Big 12's Kansas State in 77-68 Loss

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The Basics
Score: Kansas State 77 – ORU 68
Records: KSU (6-1) – ORU (1-7)
Location: Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum)

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team battled back from an early deficit and was within five points with 4:46 to play but Kansas State held on to top the Golden Eagles 77-68 Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

Sam Kearns was dominant from the beginning, scoring 21 points to lead ORU. Javan White connected on 7-of-12 from the field for 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Albert Owens added 13 points, including seven from the free throw line.

Kansas State got 25 points from Dean Wade, who notched the double-double with 11 rebounds to lead K-State in both categories.

ORU won the rebounding battle 36-35, with 14 offensive boards which led to a 13-10 edge in second chance points.

Turning Point
After ORU cut it to a five point game, Kansas State scored the next five to push the lead back to 10 points and held off the ORU comeback.

Quote of the Game
"You have to have to have players that do things that do not show up on the stat sheet. You have to be tough, resilient and go after loose balls. Basketball is not solo. It is meant to be played together. I thought they did a good job picking each other up. I thought they fought hard. At the end of the day that is what you want to see."– ORU Head Coach Paul Mills

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Kearns led the way in scoring with the first 20-point performance of his career dropping in 21 points, while White's 11 rebounds earned him the double-double and tied him for game-high honors. Kearns and Emmanuel Nzekwesi each had a team best four assist.
Kansas State: Wade led the Wildcats in scoring (25 points) and rebounding (11 points).

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 36.8 percent (21-57) from the field and just 31 percent (5-16) from 3-point range, but hit 80 percent (21-26) from the free throw line to stay in the game.

- K-State connected on 48 percent (29-60) from the field and 31 percent (8-26) from 3-point, but was 0-6 from long range in the second half.

- Kansas State led in points in the paint (32-30), and points off turnovers (14-7), but ORU had a 13-10 edge in second chance points.

News and Notes
- After falling behind by as many as 14 early on, ORU used an 8-0 run, with all eight points coming from Kearns, to get back into the game. ORU scored the final four points of the half to go into the locker room down just eight.

- Kearns shattered his ORU career best in scoring, nearly matching his previous high of 15 in the first half alone with 14 points in the frame.

- ORU turned the ball over a season low nine times, one fewer than in the season opener against Avila.  

Up Next
ORU remains on the road at Little Rock (Dec. 2) and UNLV (Dec. 5) before returning home for two games.

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