Score: Tulsa 90 – Oral Roberts 71
Records: TU (1-1) – ORU (1-1)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (Reynolds Center)
TULSA, Okla. – A hot-shooting Tulsa team connected on better than 54 percent of its shots Monday night at the Reynolds Center as the Golden Hurricane topped Oral Roberts 90-71 in the annual Mayor's Cup game.
ORU trailed by 15 at the break after Tulsa hit seven first half 3-pointers. The lead swelled to as many as 20 with 14:55 left in the game before ORU went to work and cut it down to 11 midway through the second half with a 16-7 spurt, but Tulsa was able to hold off the charge to retain the Mayor's Cup for the second year in a row.
Emmanuel Nzekwesi scored 13 points in the second half and led the ORU offense with 18 points and nine rebounds. Austin Ruder added 13 points and a team-high five assists, while R.J. Fuqua and Javan White each added 10 points.
Tulsa was led by Junior Etou, who was 11-13 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, en route to 30 points on the night. Etou and DaQuan Jeffries each grabbed seven rebounds for Tulsa.
After ORU had cut it to an 11-point game, Tulsa scored the next six points, including four points on one possession, to end the Golden Eagles' comeback.
Quote of the Game
"Tulsa is a good basketball team," said Coach Paul Mills. "Their ability to make threes in the firs thalf caused us a lot of problems. We had four guys with four fouls so we have to do a better job of guarding. We are dealing with nine new guys. I think in a new environment and on the road there were some jitters and some nerves and that's what happens sometimes when you have a lot of new guys."
Oral Roberts: Nzekwesi was the leading scorer and rebounder for ORU with 18 points and nine rebounds, including six offensive boards. Ruder had five assist, while Javan White came off the bench to block two of ORU's three shots.
Tulsa: Etou scored 30 points and tied Jeffries for the team lead in rebounding with seven.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 44 percent (26-59) from the field and just 30 percent (6-20) from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles connected on 13 of 21 free throws (61.9 percent).
- Tulsa shot 60 percent in the second half and 54 percent (31-57) from the field for the game, hitting 38 percent (8-21) from 3-point range. Tulsa was 20-27 (74 percent) from the free throw line.
- Albert Owens played just 19 minutes in the game, spending the majority of the game in foul trouble. Owens picked up a foul 14 seconds into the game and his third foul came just eight seconds into the second half.
News and Notes
- After ORU's three-game winning streak in the series, Tulsa has now taken the last two contests.
- Owens is now at 990 career points, needing just 10 points to become the 34th player in ORU history to score 1,000 points.
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