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Owens Out-Duels Walker but ORU Falls 93-86 in Overtime

Owens Out-Duels Walker but ORU Falls 93-86 in Overtime

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The Basics
Score: Oakland 93 – Oral Roberts 86 (OT)
Records: OU (3-3) – ORU (1-6)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (Mabee Center)

TULSA, Okla. – A pair of free throws by Oakland with eight seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime and the Oral Roberts men's basketball team went cold in the extra period, falling 93-86 to Oakland Monday night at the Mabee Center.

Long-time Mid-Con and Summit League rivals, Monday's game continued the legacy of entertaining games between the two teams, with a pair of 30-point performances. ORU's Albert Owens (33 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks) and OU's Martez Walker (32-points, six rebounds, five assists) both showed their abilities all evening.

Owens set new career highs in all three statistical categories, earning his first career double-double. Walker was the leading scorer for Oakland, while Jalen Hayes scored 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies.

Turning Point
A turnover and foul with eight seconds to go in the game allowed Oakland to tie the game and send the contest to overtime where Oakland grabbed a quick five point lead and extended it to seven before the first shot fell for ORU.

Quote of the Game
"We had a chance, and I'm really proud of the guys after being down 10 at halftime. We will have to capitalize on what we saw in the second half. Albert did a great job. He made the right plays and unfortunately the guys around him couldn't capitalize." – ORU Head Coach Paul Mills

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Owens was dominant with his career high 33 points, 27 of which came in the second half. Owens also led in rebounds (10) and blocks (seven). Sam Kearns had a team high four assists and Austin Ruder led the way with three steals.
Oakland: Walker scored 32 and was one of three Oakland players with five assists. Hayes grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the rebounding efforts.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 45 percent (33-72) from the field for the game and 45 percent (10-22) from 3-point range, but hit just 2-8 in overtime.

- The Golden Eagles were 10-14 from the free throw line, while Oakland doubled them up in free throw attempts, going 17-28 from the stripe.

- OU shot 48 percent (33-68) from the field and 41 percent (10-24) from 3-point range, but connected on 4-7 in overtime.

- Oakland led the rebounding battle 46-38, while ORU led in points in the paint 44-36.

News and Notes
- As the second half began, ORU rattled off a 9-0 run to make it a two point game. It was the longest ORU run of the season, topping the eight straight scored against both Avila and Pepperdine.

- ORU matched its best scoring output of the season with 86 points. ORU also scored 86 in the season opener against Avila.

- ORU is now 36-42 all-time in overtime games, and 13-13 in overtime games played at the Mabee Center.

- Owens set new career highs in points, rebounds and blocks in the game. He had grabbed nine rebounds nine times in his career, including once this season against Avila. His seven blocks tie him for sixth in the single game record books at ORU.

Up Next
ORU heads back on the road for the next three games, beginning with a trip to Kansas State on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles will then head to Little Rock (Dec. 2) and UNLV (Dec. 5) before returning home for two games.

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