Score: Oral Roberts 105 – Nebraska Christian 74
Record: ORU (9-15) – NCC (14-7)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (Mabee Center)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts offense was clicking on all cylinders on Saturday as the Golden Eagles had six score in double-figures and topped the century mark for the first time this season in a 105-74 win over Nebraska Christian.
ORU was led by Jontray Harris who notched his second straight double-double and the first 20/10 game of his career with 21 points and 12 rebounds, leading ORU in both categories. R.J. Fuqua led ORU with seven assists, while Sam Kearns and Austin Ruder each had five helpers.
Kellen Manek scored a career best 11 points with nine coming from the free throw line, while also grabbing a career best eight rebounds in 14 minutes of action. Spencer Sutton scored the final eight ORU points of the first half and finished with a career high 14 points.
Nebraska Christian got 39 points from D.J. Hanes while Matt Lillquist added 19 points on an 8-10 shooting effort. T.J. Rivera and Jovon Coleman each grabbed a team high six rebounds.
ORU out-rebounded NCC 52-35, including 19 offensive rebounds. ORU led by as many as 31 in the game and led for 39:48 of the 40 minutes.
Quote of the Game
"A career high for Kellen, a career high for Spencer and a career high Jontray. Those are guys who show up every day for us and do a heck of a job for us. I'm glad that they were able to play a number of minutes and that it translated into scoring opportunities." – ORU Head Coach Paul Mills
An early 9-0 run turned a 19-13 game into a 28-13 blowout and ORU never led by fewer than 13 the rest of the way.
Oral Roberts: Harris's 21 points led a cast of six double digit scorers for ORU, while Fuqua had seven of ORU's 27 assists.
Nebraska Christian: Hanes scored 39 points on a 15-31 shooting effort.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot nearly 60 percent in the first half and 51 percent (39-76) for the game. The Golden Eagles hit 12 3-pointers (12-29) and 15 of 23 (65 percent) from the free throw line, with nine of the makes coming from Manek.
- NCC shot 41 percent (30-72) for the game and 29 percent (8-27) from 3-point range. The Sentinels hit 6-11 (54 percent) from the free throw line.
- ORU dominated inside to a 48-28 scoring advantage inside, and converted 12 NCC turnovers into 23 points. ORU turned the ball over just seven times, which led to five Sentinel points.
- For the second game in a row, ORU's bench out-scored the starters, holding a 63-42 advantage on Saturday. Only two starters (Fuqua and Sam Kearns) played more than 20 minutes.
News and Notes
- Sutton scored the last eight points of the half for ORU, including five points in the final five seconds, to push the Golden Eagles to 57 points in the first half. It was the second time this season in which ORU has scored at least 50 points in a half, having scored 50 in the first half against Omaha December 30.
- It took until the 39th game of Harris' career to get his first career double-double and the junior accomplished the feat in back-to-back games.
- ORU has now scored at least 100 points in 108 games in program history with 12 of them coming since 2000. ORU is 101-7 in those contests.
- ORU's 27 assists were the fourth most in school history, and the most since recording 29 against Utah Valley State in 2004.
- The 39 points given up to Hanes are the most by an ORU opponent this season. Junior Etou (30-Tulsa) and Martez Walker (32-Oakland) were the only two opponents to score at least 30 points against the Golden Eagles.
ORU begins the second half of Summit Leagues play next week, beginning with trips to Fort Wayne (Thursday) and Western Illinois (Saturday).
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