Score: Oral Roberts 80 – IUPUI 71
Records: ORU (10-9, 2-3) – IUPUI (7-13, 3-2)
Location: Indiana Farmers Coliseum (Indianapolis, Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Freshmen Kris Martin and DaQuan Jeffries combined for 35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the duo led the Oral Roberts men's basketball team to an 80-71 victory at IUPUI Thursday night at the Indian Farmers Coliseum.
The ORU youngsters had to pick up the offense as leading scorer Obi Emegano played just 20 minutes due to foul trouble. Martin matched his career high with 18 points, while Jeffries scored 17 and grabbed six rebounds. It was the first time this season and just the second time in Emegano's career in which he has fouled out of a game.
Jordan Pickett led the scoring for IUPUI with 15 points on a 5-12 shooting night. Darell Combs added 13, going 5-14 from the field, while Marcellus Barksdale also scored 13.
A 9-12 shooting start to the second half, including 5-5 mark from 3-point range, helped ORU race past IUPUI 25-11 to begin the frame. After opening a 13-point lead 10 minutes into the half, IUPUI never got closer than five.
Quote of the Game
"It was a great win. Anytime you get a road win it is pretty sweet and tonight we beat a very good team that was playing their best basketball of the season. I thought our guys really stepped up in the second half. It has been a tough day for my family with the loss of Kim's father, but hopefully this win at least puts a smile on their faces tonight. " – Head Coach Scott Sutton
Oral Roberts: Martin led the way with 18 points, but Jeffries added 17 and Emegano scored 16 in his 20 minutes of action. Owens led the rebounding effort with eight, while Martin dished out a season-best four assists.
IUPUI: Pickett scored 15 points, while Combs and Barksdale each added 13. Nick Osborne scored 10 and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
- The ORU offense came to life in the second half as the Golden Eagles shot nearly 60 percent (13-22) from the field. ORU finished the game 24-51 (47 percent) from the field.
- ORU was 10-15 from 3-point range, including a 6-9 mark in the second half. The 66 percent was the highest for a game since hitting 71 percent (15-21) against Detroit earlier in the season. ORU has hit 60 percent or better from 3-point range two of the last three games after going 12-19 (63 percent) against Denver.
- The Golden Eagles grabbed 39 rebounds as a team, out-rebounding IUPUI 20-10 in the second half. The plus 14 rebounding margin was ORU's second-highest of the season behind a 22-rebound advantage against John Brown.
- ORU's rebounding lead helped the Golden Eagles out-score the Jaguars 16-9 in second-chance points.
- IUPUI was 25-56 (44 percent) from the field for the game.
- Even with Brandon Conley and Owens combining for 12 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, IUPUI held a 28-16 advantage in points in the paint.
News and Notes
- ORU withstood a 17-2 IUPUI run in the first half, and actually held a late 32-30 lead just before the break.
- Emegano played just 10 minutes in the first half after picking up two early fouls and his third before the end of the half. Emegano fouled out for the first time this season and just the second time in his career.
- The win was the first road win for the Golden Eagles since beating Tulsa December 5.
- The 20 minutes played by Emegano were the second fewest of the season, playing just 17 against John Brown.
- ORU has now won nine straight games against IUPUI, a streak that extends back to 2010.
- Martin led the way, matching his career high in points (18) and setting a new career mark with four 3-pointers.
- Aaron Young grabbed a season-high four rebounds, tying his career best.
The Golden Eagles will return home for three games, just the second time this season in which ORU has played back-to-back home games.
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