Score: Oral Roberts 76 – Florida International 70 (OT)
Records: ORU (4-1) – FIU (3-2)
Location: JMU Convocation Center / Harrisonburg, Va.
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Down 10 in the first half, the Oral Roberts men's basketball team came all the way back and topped FIU 76-70 in overtime to finish the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic with a 3-0 record, winning the team championship Sunday.
The Golden Eagles won three games in three days to earn the first tournament title since earning the 2013 Cancun Challenge championship.
Adrian Diaz scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead FIU.
ORU - Obi Emegano (MVP)
ORU - Albert Owens
JMU - Ron Curry
JMU - Yohanny Dalembert
FIU - Adrian Diaz
UTM - Alex Anderson
After a heart-breaking end to regulation, the Golden Eagles responded in dominant fashion in overtime, scoring the first nine points of the extra period to take control of the contest.
Quote of the Game
"That was a great win, for a lot of different reasons. After the way we played the first half, for us to be able to come back and find a way to win, I was happy to see that. So many times you see a team that makes a last second shot grab all the momentum and our guys were dejected on the bench, but our guys responded." – Head Coach Scott Sutton
Oral Roberts: ORU got 23 points from Emegano, 21 points and 8 rebounds from Owens, and 12 points and 7 rebounds from Conley. Aaron Anderson added five assists.
Florida International: The trio of Cameron Smith, Diaz and Jason Boswell each scored 14 points. Diaz recorded the double-double with 13 boards.
Inside the Box Score
- After an early FIU 10-2 run to take a 12-4 lead, ORU answered right back with seven straight to cut it to a one point game, 12-11.
- The Golden Eagles struggled offensively in the first half hitting 2 of their first 13 shots and 2 of their final 10 attempts of the half. ORU was 9-34 (26 percent) for the half, the worst percentage in a half this season
- ORU shot 38 percent (27-70) for the game, including a 60 percent (3-5) mark from the field in overtime. The Golden Eagles struggled from long range all game, going just 2-13 from behind the arc.
- Once again ORU was efficient in turning its opponent over, turning 14 FIU turnovers into an 18-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
News and Notes
- ORU won its first overtime game since January 7, 2015 when the Golden Eagles topped IUPUI.
- The Golden Eagles are off to a 4-1 start, the best start after five games since going 5-0 en route to an 8-0 start in 2004-05.
- Even with an extra five minutes of action, ORU turned the ball over just five times, the fewest turnovers since giving it away five times against Lamar on February 27, 2014.
- Going against a 6-11 center from FIU, Owens tallied his first career 20 points game with a career best 21 points.
- ORU overcame a 10-point deficit and led by as many as six in the second half, but an FIU offensive rebound and put-back off a missed free throw with 14 seconds to play in regulation tied the game and sent it to overtime.
After four games on the road, ORU will return home to face Tabor (Nov. 25) and Detroit (Nov. 28) at the Mabee Center.
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