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ORU Hosts League Newcomer North Dakota Thursday

ORU Hosts League Newcomer North Dakota Thursday

The Basics
Oral Roberts (5-11, 1-0) vs. North Dakota (6-8, 0-1)
 Thursday, January 3, 2019 / 7 p.m.
TV/Video: None /
Radio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM
 Tulsa, Okla. / Mabee Center     |     Live Stats   |     The Franchise

ORU Notes  |   UND Notes  | Summit League Notes

ORUMBB | ORUAthletics  |    ORUMBB | ORUAthletics  |   ORUMBB     


TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team will host North Dakota, who is in its first year as a member of The Summit League, Thursday night.

Thursday's game will tip off from the Mabee Center at 7 p.m. and will be streamed exclusively at 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. North Dakota
Opponent Game Notes: vs. North Dakota
Summit League Notes: Week 9
Live Stats: vs. North Dakota
TV / Live Video: None /
Free Audio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM

Scouting the Opponent
• Cortez Seales (13.0 ppg) lead a trio of scorers averaging double figures for the Fighting Hawks. Marlon Stewart (11.3 ppg) and Edmond, Oklahoma, native Conner Avants (10.8 ppg) are also averaging double digits.

• North Dakota enters the game 0-1 in the Summit League after falling 84-73 at home to Purdue Fort Wayne last Saturday, in a game that was postponed a day due to inclement weather.

Quick Hits
• Now Summit League opponents, the ORU and North Dakota men's basketball teams have not faced each other on the hardwood before Thursday's game.

• ORU has held teams to 36 points or fewer in the first half in four of the last five games and a total of nine times this season. 20 is the lowest total given up in the first half, doing so in an eventual overtime win over James Madison.

• ORU is 14th in the nation in total rebounds with 574 and 42nd in the nation in total assists with 221. DeShang Weaver vaulted up to 54th in the nation in 3-pointers made with 39 after his seven triples (7-for-10) against Omaha.

Emmanuel Nzekwesi is 22nd in the nation in total field goals made (102), and 27th in total rebounds (126). After scoring a career high 28 points against Omaha, Nzekwesi has scored more than 15 points in seven of the last nine games, averaging 17 points per game during that time.

• The Golden Eagles have hit at least five 3-pointers in every game this season, including seven or more in eight of the last 10 games. Against Omaha, Weaver hit seven triples by himself, while Kearns added three of his own.

• In the last five games, ORU has three players averaging in double figures, led by Nzekwesi (15.8 ppg). Over that span, Weaver is the second leading scorer at 12.4 ppg while Obanor is adding 10.8 ppg. All three were in double figures in ORU's win over Omaha.

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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