Score: Oral Roberts 77 – Western Illinois 68
Records: ORU (11-9, 3-3) – WIU (7-9, 0-5)
Location: Western Hall (Macomb, Ill.)
MACOMB, Ill. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team turned up the pressure in the second half, out-scoring Western Illinois 46-30 in the second stanza to earn a 77-68 win at Western Illinois Saturday night at Western Hall.
ORU got 30 points from Obi Emegano, including 20 in the second half, to lead all scorers. He was the only double-figure scorer for the Golden Eagles. ORU had a 38-34 rebounding advantage thanks to eight rebounds apiece for Brandon Conley and Albert Owens. The Golden Eagles had seven steals, the most since getting eight takeaways against LSU. Five of the steals belonged to DaQuan Jeffries, the most by a Golden Eagle this year.
WIU got 22 points from Garret Covington, 11 points from Jalen Chapman and 10 from J.C. Fuller.
Jeffries ran through a pass and got a breakaway dunk that pushed the ORU lead to eight with 39 seconds to play, essentially giving ORU the victory.
Quote of the Game
"What a great game. I'm proud of our guys. Our defense was so much more active in the second half. In the first half we just kind of went through the motions and had three deflections. In the second half we had 16 and DaQuan Jeffries made some huge plays for us." – Coach Scott Sutton
Oral Roberts: Emegano had 30 points, while Conley and Owens each grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Western Illinois: Covington scored 22 and tied Jabari Sandifer for the team high with seven rebounds. Sandifer also had seven rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU overcame a slow start from the field (3-9), ORU shot 49 percent (27-55) for the game and 40 percent (4-10) from 3-point range.
- The Golden Eagles struggled from the free throw line at just 63 percent (19-30).
- Western shot 42 percent (25-60) from the field but hit just 36 percent (8-22) from 3-point range.
- ORU was dominant in the paint with a 34-24 scoring advantage inside and the Golden Eagle bench out-scored WIU 25-19.
- Jeffries' five steals were the most since Emegano had eight takeaways against Haskell last year. His last one, that led to a breakaway dunk that put ORU up eight with 39 seconds to play and allowed Emegano to ice the game away at the free throw line.
News and Notes
- ORU has now won three in a row and has overcome a halftime deficit in all three games.
- Obi posted 30 points in the game against his former team, his fourth 30-point game of the season and first since the league opening game at IPFW December 30.
- ORU has now won seven of the last eight games against Western Illinois.
For the first time this regular season, the Golden Eagles will be at home for three straight games, beginning with South Dakota State January 21.
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