Score: Omaha 85 – Oral Roberts 79
Records: UNO (14-7, 6-1) – ORU (11-11, 3-5)
Location: Mabee Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
TULSA, Okla. – After trailing by as many as 13, the Oral Roberts men's basketball team put together a 10-1 run and took a lead with four minutes to play but could not sustain it in an 85-79 loss to Omaha Saturday night at the Mabee Center.
Obi Emegano scored 29 to lead all scorers and Brandon Conley missed just one shot on the night en route to 16 points. Jalen Bradley and Javan White each scored 10 points. White and Emegano led ORU to a 39-33 rebounding advantage with eight boards apiece. The Golden Eagles dominated the boards in the second half to a 21-14 advantage.
Omaha remained atop the Summit League standings after getting 21 points from Devin Patterson. Tra-Deon Hollins added 17 points and Tre'shawn Thurman chipped in 16 to lead the Mavericks.
During halftime of the game, ORU honored its three newest members of the ORU Athletics Hall of Fame; Ken Tutt (men's basketball), Keith Mucha (baseball) and Rachel Talbert-Andres.
After Bradley drained a right-wing 3-pointer to give ORU the lead at 72-71, the Golden Eagles went cold and despite getting seven points from the free throw line, all from Emegano, finished the game 0-5 from the field in the final four minutes.
Quote of the Game
"I'm pleased with our ability to get back into the game. When we took the 1-point lead I thought we would win the game. We had good looks but didn't knock down shots when we needed to at the end." – Head Coach Scott Sutton.
Oral Roberts: Emegano scored 29 points and matched White with eight rebounds. Emegano also dished out a team-high three assists.
Omaha: Patterson scored 21 points to lead the offense. Hollins led the Mavericks with seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 44 percent (28-63) from the field but was just 21 percent (4-19) from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles connected on 19-22 from the free throw line, including perfect nights at the strip from White (2-2), Bradley (2-2), Aaron Anderson (2-2) and Conley (4-4).
- Omaha shot 51 percent (30-59) from the field and 31 percent (5-16) from 3-point range. The Mavericks were 20-29 (69 percent) from the free throw line.
- ORU led in second chance points (15-6) and bench points (22-15), but the Mavericks held the lead in points in the paint (36-34), points off turnovers (18-10) and fast break points (17-5).
News and Notes
- Conley matched his season best in scoring with 16 points, hitting his first six shots of the game. He finished 6-7 from the field, his best field goal percentage with at least five attempts since going 7-8 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on February 15, 2014.
- After a slight dip in scoring, Emegano has now scored 20 points or more in three straight games, and is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game during that stretch as well.
- The Golden Eagles are now 1-9 this season when their opponent gets to the free throw line more.
- In the first four regular season home games of the year, ORU trailed for a combined 2:47, but has trailed for at least 30 minutes in three of the last four home games, and is now 84-14 at home in league play since 2004-05.
- After shattering his career high in nearly every category against South Dakota State, White followed it up with another new career high with eight rebounds. White has averaged 13 points and 7.5 rebounds per game over the last two after entering the week averaging 2.8 and 2.5 rebounds for the season.
The Golden Eagles finish out the three-game home stand Thursday as ORU starts the second half of the Summit League slate by hosting IPFW at 7 p.m. at the Mabee Center.
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