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ORU’s March to The Summit Starts Sunday Against Denver

ORU’s March to The Summit Starts Sunday Against Denver

The Basics
No. 6 Oral Roberts (11-20, 5-9) vs. No. 3 Denver (14-14, 8-6)
 Sunday, March 4, 2018 / 8:30 p.m.
Tournament Central: 2017-18 Summit League Championship
TV/Video: MidcoSN / ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Radio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center / Sioux Falls, S.D.

  MidcoSN / ESPN3 / WatchESPN     |     StatBroadcast   |     The Franchise

ORU Notes  |   Denver Notes  | Summit League Notes  |  Tournament Central

ORUMBB | ORUAthletics  |    ORUMBB | ORUAthletics  |   ORUMBB     


TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team will begin its quest for the 2018 Summit League Tournament Championship Sunday evening as the No. 6 Golden Eagles face off against No. 3 Denver.

Sunday's quarterfinal game will tip off at 8:30 p.m. from the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and will be available on the WatchESPN app. The game will also be available in Tulsa on Cox channel 1333. 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: vs. Denver
Opponent Game Notes: vs. Denver
Summit League Notes: Week 17
Tournament Central: 2017-18 Summit League Championship
Live Stats: vs. Denver
TV / Live Video: MidcoSN / ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Free Audio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM

Quick Hits
• ORU's quarterfinal opponent is No. 3 Denver, who won seven of their final nine games of the year to vault up the standings. Denver won both regular season meetings, but both were decided by fewer than 10 points.

• Four Golden Eagles were honored Wednesday night with the release of the 2017-18 All-Summit League teams and postseason awards. Emmanuel Nzekwesi was an honorable mention All-Summit League selection while Sam Kearns was added to the All-Newcomer team. Additionally, the Golden Eagles picked up a pair of specialty awards as Albert Owens was named the Sixth Man of the Year and Austin Ruder was tabbed as the league's Transfer of the Year.

• The Golden Eagles are eighth in the nation in offensive rebounds with 13.97 offensive boards per game. They are top 20 in the nation and second in The Summit League in total rebounds at 1,185.

• ORU is getting more than 66 percent of its scoring (1,496 of 2,244 points) from its underclassmen this season, including 53 percent (1,191 points) from the sophomore class.

Sam Kearns has hit a 3-pointer in 30 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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