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Battle of Clutch Shots the Way of the Mastodons, 82-81

Battle of Clutch Shots the Way of the Mastodons, 82-81

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The Basics
Score: Purdue Fort Wayne 82 – Oral Roberts 81
Record: Purdue Fort Wayne (15-10, 7-3) – ORU (8-17, 4-6)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (Mabee Center)

TULSA, Okla. – Sam Kearns capped a career night with a pull-up jumper with 20 seconds left to give Oral Roberts a two-point lead, but Matt Holba answered with a game-winning 3-pointer with less than five seconds left to push Purdue Fort Wayne to an 82-81 win over the Golden Eagles Saturday night.

The third 20-point game of his career, Kearns led all scorers with a career high 27 points on a 10-17 shooting night, also adding seven assists. DeShang Weaver scored 12 early points and finished with 19 points, while Kevin Obanor also scored 19 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

John Konchar scored 26 points for the Mastodons, while Dylan Carl and Holba each added 14. Konchar had seven assists and five steals as well.

ORU held a 33-30 rebounding edge, but used it to a 24-15 advantage in second chance points. The Golden Eagles erased a 15-point deficit with 7:06 to play, aided by a 14-2 run over the next 1:52, and went on to take the lead twice inside the final 1:15 of the game.

Quote of the Game
"Disappointed in the outcome. Once again, I'm happy that the guys were resilient, but at the end of the day it did not go our way. We drew up a play for Sam and Kevin and Sam did a good job of keeping the basketball and went to his middle game and made a quality shot. Konchar is really good and made the right read and to Holba's credit he knocked it down." – ORU Head Coach Paul Mills

Turning Point
Kearns' jumper gave ORU an 81-79 lead with less than 20 seconds to play, but Holba got loose and hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to sink the Golden Eagles.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Kearns led all scorers with 27 points and had seven assists to tie for game-high honors. Obanor had eight rebounds.
Purdue Fort Wayne: Konchar led the Mastodons in scoring (26 points), assists (seven) and steals (five) and was tied with Carl with a team best five rebounds.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 47 percent (31-65) from the field, 38 percent (12-31) from 3-point range and was perfect (7-7) from the free throw line.

- The Mastodons shot 51 percent (31-60) from the field, 40 percent (10-25) from 3-point range and 83 percent (10-12) from the free throw line.

- ORU out-rebounded the 'Dons 33-30, with 13 offensive rebounds which led to 24 second chance points.

- Purdue Fort Wayne out-scored ORU 40-34 in the paint.

News and Notes
- Kearns scored a career high 27 points, the third 20-point effort of his ORU career. Kearns' previous high was 21 points against Kansas State and the Mastodons last season.

- Kearns also matched his season highs in 3-pointers made (four), and assists (seven).

- Obanor has hit three 3-pointers in three of the last four games, having connected on just seven triples all season prior to that stretch.

- Emmanuel Nzekwesi moved up to 1,042 career points, as the junior passed Antonio Martin and Eric Perry (1,039) for 30th on the all-time scoring charts at ORU.

- ORU matched its season high with 12 3-pointers, having also hit 12 triples at SMU and against Tulsa.

- Saturday was Hall of Fame Night at the Mabee Center as ORU recognized all of its Hall of Famers in attendance as well as the four newest members; Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez (baseball), Kevi Luper (women's basketball), Buddy Slemp (baseball) and Jack Whitt (track & Field).

- The loss was ORU's second loss in the final five seconds at home this year after California Baptist hit a half-court buzzer-beater earlier in the season.

Up Next
ORU finishes its four game home stand by hosting Denver on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on KGEB TV-53/Cox HD and streamed on ESPN+.    

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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