Score: ORU 77 – IUPUI 56
Records: ORU (12-14, 4-8) – IUPUI (11-16, 7-5)
Location: Mabee Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team earned nine steals and had six blocks as the defense spurred the Golden Eagles to a 77-56 victory over IUPUI Thursday night at the Mabee Center. The 56 points given up, including four inside the final 30 seconds, were the fewest given up to a Division I opponent this year and second only to the 53 scored by John Brown.
Obi Emegano led the way with his first career double-double, notching 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead ORU in both categories. Emegano also had four steals. Aaron Young dished out five assists, the most on the season. Albert Owens (13 points) and Brandon Conley (12 Points) also reached double figures in scoring and each grabbed seven boards.
IUPUI was led by Matt O'Leary, who had 13 points. Nick Osborne tallied the double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
After the Jaguars hit a three to tie the game at 5-5, ORU mounted an 18-0 run to open up an early 23-5 lead.
Quote of the Game
"Our guys were fun to watch. That was the team that back in December I envisioned we could be. For whatever reason we struggled a bunch but what I'm most proud of with this team is that they never gave up. They showed up every day at practice and they wanted to get better. They are great kids and I'm happy for them." – Head Coach Scott Sutton
Oral Roberts: Emegano led ORU in points (21), rebounds (13) and steals (4). Young dished out a team high five assists.
IUPUI: O'Leary had 13 points while Osborne grabbed 10 rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot better than 50 percent (33-65) for the game, the best field goal percentage since connecting on 53 percent (24-45) at Denver. For the second game in a row, ORU shot 46 percent (6-13) from 3-point range.
- IUPUI shot just 37 percent (23-62) for the game and 29 percent (5-17) from 3-point range.
- The Golden Eagles held a 40-35 advantage on the glass, translating to a 14-8 edge in second chance points.
- ORU broke the game open early with an 18-0 run, the longest spurt of the season. The run took it from a 5-5 tie to a 23-5 advantage.
- Seven different Golden Eagles scored at least seven points on Thursday.
- ORU led for 38:50 of the game and never trailed, grabbing its largest lead at 25 in the final minutes.
News and Notes
- Prior to last Saturday, Emegano had grabbed eight rebounds in five different games, but had never topped that mark. Saturday he set a new career mark at nine and Thursday he topped it again with 13 to record his first career double-double.
- ORU's nine steals were the most since getting 13 takeaways against Tabor.
- The Golden Eagles now have 14 blocks in the last two games.
- Emegano's 13 rebounds were the second most by a Golden Eagle this season and the most since Brandon Conley grabbed 15 boards at New Mexico State December 21, 2015.
- Conley scored in double figures for the ninth time this season but just the third time in Summit League play.
- Conley (2), Owens (2), Emegano (1) and Kris Martin (1) all registered a block in the game. Martin has now blocked at least one shot in six straight games, the longest streak on the team.
ORU closes out the weekend with a home game against Western Illinois Saturday at 7 p.m.
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