Score: Wichita State 84 – Oral Roberts 63
Record: WSU (7-4) – ORU (4-10)
Location: Wichita, Kan. (Charles Koch Arena)
WICHITA, Kan. – A three-point game at halftime thanks to a 9-2 spurt by Oral Roberts to end the half, Wichita State used offensive rebounds and free throws to pull away from the Golden Eagles in the second half as the Shockers topped ORU 84-63, Wednesday night at Charles Koch Arena.
WSU had a 19-7 advantage in second chance points after out-rebounding the Golden Eagles 41-31, and hit 16 of 22 free throw attempts for the game.
Emmanuel Nzekwesi led the ORU offense with 17 points, shooting 7-10 for the game, with both of his misses coming from 3-point range. Nzekwesi also led ORU in rebounding with six boards. Kaelen Malone came up with 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists against his former team, while Sam Kearns chipped in 12 points.
Wichita State got 25 points from Markis McDuffie, who was a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line, while Jaime Echenique added 19 points. Ricky Torres and Samajae Haynes-Jones each scored 13, with Torres dishing out six assists.
Quote of the Game
"They pressured us, and even though a couple of the turnovers in the first half didn't hurt us too badly, we had a 13 point deficit just in points off turnovers. That was disappointing because it's been an issue all year. We have to do a much better job." – Head Coach Paul Mills
After ORU closed the first half on a 9-2 run, Wichita State opened the second half on an 11-3 run to push the lead back to double digits.
Oral Roberts: Nzekwesi led ORU in scoring (17) and rebounding (six), while Malone had a game high seven assists.
Wichita State: McDuffie had 25 points to lead all scorers, while Erik Stevenson and Jamarius Burton each grabbed eight rebounds for the Shockers.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 49 percent (24-49) from the field, 38 percent (8-21) from 3-point range and 58 percent (7-12) from the free throw line.
- WSU shot 43 percent (30-69) from the field, 42 percent (8-19) from 3-point range and 72 percent (16-22) from the free throw line.
- The Shockers held a 41-31 advantage on the boards, including 18 offensive rebounds for the home team which led to a 19-7 lead in second chance points.
- ORU had 13 assists and 16 turnovers, while Wichita State had 18 assists and 10 turnovers, but the Shockers had a 24-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
News and Notes
- ORU's eight 3-pointers were the most since hitting 12 triples against SMU December 2.
- Nzekwesi's 17 points got him back in double figures for the sixth time in the last seven games. All six games in double figures have been 16 points or more for the forward.
- Malone's seven assists tied for his second highest total of the year, trailing only his eight helpers at SMU.
- ORU shot 49 percent from the floor, the third time in the last four games to shoot at least 49 percent.
- The ORU defense held WSU to 43 percent, the second lowest percentage in the last five games.
ORU will host Tulsa in the Mayor's Cup game on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside the Mabee Center in the final nonconference game of the season and the final game before Christmas break.
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