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BYU Tops ORU 85-65

BYU Tops ORU 85-65

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The Basics
Score: BYU 85 – Oral Roberts 65
Record: BYU (3-1) – ORU (1-4)
Location: Marriott Center (Provo, Utah)

PROVO, Utah – Tied with 6:36 to play in the first half, the Oral Roberts men's basketball team gave up a late first-half run and fell 85-65 at BYU, Thursday night, in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 at the Marriott Center.

Kaelen Malone and Kevin Obanor led the way with 12 points each for ORU, while Kerwin Smith grabbed a team best eight rebounds. Malone had a season-best seven assists.

BYU got 24 points and 14 rebounds from Yoeli Childs, leading the Cougars in both categories. T.J. Haws has six assists for BYU.

The Golden Eagles shot 40 percent from the field but was out-rebounded 52-37 in the game. ORU hit just 50 percent from the free throw line, including a 4-11 mark in the second half. BYU hit 80 percent of their free throws in the game.

Quote of the Game
"I thought we competed and got the basketball inside well in the first half. Good things happened when we were able to touch the paint. Unfortunately we finished the first half with nine turnovers and a lot of them were ORU beating ORU. We can't do that with offensive opportunities." – Head Coach Paul Mills

Turning Point
ORU was down just one point with 5:40 to play in the first half, but BYU used a 12-1 run to open up the 12-point halftime lead.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Malone and Obanor each scored 12 points to lead the ORU offense. Malone dished out seven assists and Smith grabbed eight boards.
BYU: Childs was the leading scorer (24) and rebounder (14) for BYU, while Haws led the team in assists with six.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 40 percent (25-62) from the field, 26 percent (6-23) from 3-point range and 50 percent (9-18) from the free throw line.

- BYU shot 40 percent (29-71) from the field, 25 percent (6-24) from long range and 80 percent (21-26) from the free throw line.

- The Cougars out-rebounded ORU 52-37, including limiting ORU to just three offensive rebounds.

- ORU had five blocks from five different players.

- The Golden Eagles had nine turnovers in the first half but just four in the second half.

News and Notes
- Malone's seven assists are the most by a Golden Eagle this season, and he did it with just one turnover in the game.

- Kearns hit his first 3-point attempt of the game and has now connected from long range in 35 straight games and 35 of his 36 games as a Golden Eagle.

- ORU switched up its starting lineup for the first time this season as Malone made his first start of the season.

- ORU's five blocks were the second most of the season and the most against a Division I opponent, having swatted eight shots against Southwestern.

- Thursday's game marked the fourth game in seven days and the fifth game in the first 10 games of the season for ORU.

Up Next
ORU will open up the 2018 Men Against Breast Cancer Oakland Hoops Challenge by hosting Ecclesia Monday night, November 19, at the Mabee Center. The remainder of the tournament will be played at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.     

For the latest information on ORU men's basketball, follow @ORUMBB on Twitter or Instagram, or go to www.ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the ORU Athletics Front Row App at ORUAthletics.com/frontrow  or the ORU Golden Eagles Live App in iTunes or the Google Play Store. For tickets, visit mabeecenter.com or call 495-7ORU (7678).

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