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Ruder Hits Game-Winner in 67-66 Overtime Victory Over NDSU

Ruder Hits Game-Winner in 67-66 Overtime Victory Over NDSU

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The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 67 – North Dakota State 66
Record: ORU (10-17, 4-6) – NDSU (12-13, 4-6)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (Mabee Center)

TULSA, Okla. – Emmanuel Nzekwesi hit a contested layup with 28 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime where Austin Ruder beat the buzzer with his career best sixth 3-pointer of the game to give Oral Roberts the overtime win over North Dakota State Thursday night at the Mabee Center.

Ruder finished with a game high 18 points, while Nzekwesi added 10 points. Javan White (13 rebounds) and Jontray Harris (11 rebounds) helped the Golden Eagles to a 48-38 rebounding advantage and a 22-14 advantage in second chance points. ORU out-rebounded NDSU 22-11 in the second half.

ORU's defense got the job done in overtime, holding NDSU to 1-8 from the field in the extra period.

NDSU got 16 points from A.J. Jacobson, who scored 12 of those points in the first half. Paul Miller and Tyson Ward each added 15 points.

Quote of the Game

"They were 0-7 for overtime until their worst 3-point shooter takes the shot at the end and makes it to his credit. I was happy for Austin to be able to throw it in at the end and I thought Javan made a great read on where the right play was and it went our way." – ORU Head Coach Paul Mills

Turning Point
ORU gave up just one basket in overtime, but found themselves trailing 67-66 with less than five seconds to play, but after a deflection on the inbound pass, ORU reset and found Ruder in the corner for the game-winner as time expired.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Ruder scored 18 points and White grabbed 13 rebounds, while Sam Kearns had four assists and Albert Owens swatted three shots.
North Dakota State:
Jacobson finished with 16 points and matched Cameron Hunter with three assists. Miller and Hunter each led NDSU on the boards with six rebounds each.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 41 percent (25-61) from the field but just 29 percent (7-24) from 3-point range. ORU was 10-16 from the free throw line.

- ORU held NDSU to 31 percent (20-63) from the field and 33 percent (10-30) from 3-point range. The Bison hit 16 of 18 free throws.

- ORU out-rebounded NDSU 48-38 for the game, including a 22-11 advantage in the second half.

- The Golden Eagles led 36-12 in points in the paint, 22-14 in second chance points, and 8-0 in fast break points.

- NDSU held the edge in points off turnovers (11-5) and bench points (28-20).  

News and Notes
- After utilizing the same starting lineup for the last 15 games, ORU mixed it up Thursday and used its fifth different starting five of the season.

- ORU's 10-rebound advantage was the largest in Summit League Play since out-rebounding Western Illinois by 19 (44-25) on January 6.

- Ruder's game-winner was ORU's first game-winning basket since Obi Emegano hit a baseline jumper to beat Tulsa December 5, 2015.

- ORU played an extra period for the third time this season and won its second overtime game of the year having topped Little Rock in double Overtime December 2.

- Since the start of the 2004-05 season, ORU is now 139-38 at home and 94-22 at home in Summit League contests.

Up Next
The Golden Eagles host league-leading South Dakota State on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Mabee Center.

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