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ORU Closes Regular Season at Omaha Thursday

ORU Closes Regular Season at Omaha Thursday

The Basics
Oral Roberts (10-20, 4-9) at Omaha (9-19, 4-8)
 Thursday, February 22, 2018 / 7 p.m.
TV/Video: Yur View OK (77 SD OKC, 334 SD Tulsa, 1334 SD All of Oklahoma) /
Radio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM
Location: Omaha, Neb. / Baxter Arena     |   |     The Franchise

ORU Notes  |   Omaha Notes  | Summit League Notes

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TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team will travel to Omaha, Thursday, for the Golden Eagles' final game of the regular season.  

Thursday's game will tip off from Baxter Arena at 7 p.m. and a video stream will be provided for a small fee through Adam Hildebrandt's radio call of the game can be heard on The Franchise at 107.9 FM and 1270 AM, and online at

Important Links
ORU Game Notes: at Omaha
Opponent Game Notes: at Omaha
Summit League Notes: Week 16
Live Stats: at Omaha
TV / Live Video: Yur View OK (77 SD OKC, 334 SD Tulsa, 1334 SD All of Oklahoma) /
Free Audio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM

Scouting the Opponent
• ORU dominated the first meeting of the season against Omaha, winning 93-74 in the Summit League opener at the Mabee Center.  Including that win, ORU leads the all-time series against the Mavericks 6-3.

• Zach Jackson leads the Mavericks offensively with 17.5 points per game, while Mitch Hahn, who missed the first meeting between the two teams, is the team's leading rebounder at 7.3 rebounds per game.

Quick Hits
• A win Thursday would put ORU in position to finish as high as fifth in the league, and would ensure no lower than a seventh place finish.

• ORU leads The Summit League and is seventh nationally in total rebounds at 1,147 The Golden Eagles are also seventh in the nation in offensive rebounds with 13.97 offensive boards per game.

• The Golden Eagles are looking for their first road win since an 83-64 drubbing of Florida Gulf Coast December 16.

• ORU is getting more than 67 percent of its scoring (1,462 of 2,161 points) from its underclassmen this season, including 53 percent (1,159 points) from the sophomore class.

Sam Kearns has hit a 3-pointer in 29 consecutive games. He failed to make a triple in the first game of the season, but has connected from long range in every game since then. In just one season, he already leads the team in career games with a made 3-pointer.

• Against NDSU, Emmanuel Nzekwesi hit a contested layup with 28 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime where Austin Ruder beat the buzzer to give ORU the overtime win and the top spot on SportsCenter.

• It took until his 39th career game for Jontray Harris to record his first double-double, and the junior then did it in back-to-back games. Along with a career high in assists (5 vs. ETBU) and a career high in scoring (21 vs. NCC), Harris grabbed a career high 12 rebounds in both games last week, averaging 15.5 ppg and 12 rpg for the week.

Kellen Manek's nine made free throws against NCC tied him with Emmanuel Nzkewesi for the most made free throws in a game this season. Nzekwesi was 9-10 at North Dakota State (1/3/18).

Albert Owens blocked a pair of shots against Fort Wayne for his 150th career block, moving him to third in ORU history.

• ORU became one of just nine teams this year to have three players record a double-double in the same game as Albert Owens (22/ 13), Emmanuel Nzekwesi (12/11) and Jontray Harris (10/12) did so against East Texas Baptist. It is the first time on record that ORU has had three double-doubles in the same game.

• Sophomore Emmanuel Nzekwesi earned his first career Summit League Player of the Week honor on December 18 and followed it up two weeks later with his second Player of the Week award. This year, Nzekwesi was also named to the All-Tournament team for the Malibu Subregional of the 2017 Legends Classic.  

For the latest information on ORU men's basketball, follow @ORUMBB on Twitter or Instagram, or go to Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the ORU Athletics Front Row App at  or the ORU Golden Eagles Live App in iTunes or the Google Play Store. For tickets, visit or call 495-7ORU (7678).


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