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CBU Hits Buzzer-Beater to Clip Golden Eagles 70-69

CBU Hits Buzzer-Beater to Clip Golden Eagles 70-69

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The Basics
Score: California Baptist 70 – ORU 69
Record: CBU (2-0) – ORU (1-3)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (Mabee Center)

TULSA, Okla. – A flurry of baskets from both teams led to an Aidan Saunders go-ahead 3-pointer with less than five seconds to play that put Oral Roberts up 69-67, but Milan Acquaah got to midcourt and sunk a shot at the buzzer to give California Baptist the 70-69 victory at the Mabee Center, Tuesday evening.

Emmanuel Nzekwesi tallied five of his team-high 17 points in the final two minutes of the game, giving ORU a two point lead (64-62) with a triple at the 1:24 mark, and again with a jumper with 41 seconds to play. Nzekwesi matched Kerwin Smith for the lead in rebounds with nine each as ORU out-rebounded CBU 43-35. Carlos Jürgens had four assists to lead the Golden Eagles.

Jordan Heading had 20 points, including four of the Lancers' five 3-pointers. Acquaah was 5-17 from the field and 1-4 from 3-point range, his only triple being the game-winner. Acquaah had five steals for the Lancers.

ORU held a 38-32 advantage in points in the paint, but CBU led in points off turnovers (11-5) and second chance points (12-10).

Turning Point
Saunders appeared to have the game-winner on a 3-pointer with less than five seconds to play, but Acquaah hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to give CBU the win.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Nzekwesi led the Golden Eagles with 17 points and nine rebounds. Smith also grabbed nine rebounds and had two of the team's three blocks. Jürgens dished out a team-best four assists.
California Baptist: Heading had 20 points while Glenn Morison grabbed eight boards. Acquaah had five steals.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 48 percent (26-54) from the field, 38 percent (5-13) from 3-point range and 60 percent (12-20) from the free throw line.

- CBU shot 37 percent (25-67) from the field, 25 percent (5-20) from 3-point range and 75 percent (15-20) from the free throw line.

- ORU held a 43-35 rebounding advantage, but CBU had 13 offensive boards which led to a 12-10 edge in second chance points.

News and Notes
- ORU's 48 percent from the field was the best percentage of the season, and just the second time over 40 percent this year.

- ORU has had the rebounding advantage in both of its home games this season, but has been out-rebounding in both of the road games.

- Tuesday's buzzer-beater marked the first time ORU has lost a game in the final three seconds since Weber State hit a triple with 2.4 seconds to play in December 2014.

- Kevin Obanor made his ORU debut, playing 11 minutes with seven points and seven rebounds.

- The WAC took a 2-1 lead in the standings of the 2018 Summit League / WAC Challenge.

Up Next
ORU travels to Provo, Utah, for a Thursday matchup with BYU. That game will be televised on BYU TV at 8 p.m. (CT).    

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