MADISON, Wis. - Kevi Luper
scored 34 points and the Oral Roberts defense forced 31 turnovers as the Golden Eagles routed Wisconsin, 80-63, Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. The win is ORU's first over a Big Ten opponent since 1997 and their first over a power conference school since 2004.
Luper was 14-for-23 from the floor and 4-for-8 from three-point range, topping the 30-point mark for the 16th time in an ORU (2-0) uniform. Jordan Pyle was huge as well, with 16 points, and she set new career highs with seven steals and five assists.
Georgia Jones also scored in double-figures, with 15 points, thanks in large part to three three-pointers.
Wisconsin (1-1) was led by Taylor Wurtz, who scored 15 points and added 15 rebounds. Ashley Thomas and Jade Davis scored 11 each, but the Badgers shot just 36.1% from the floor.
ORU, on the other hand, shot 49.2% and hit eight three-pointers.
ORU's last win over a power conference school came on Dec. 4, 2004, when they topped Oklahoma State, 65-61. Their last win over a Big Ten school was a 70-67 win at Michigan State on Dec. 29, 1997.
The Golden Eagles got off to a fine start, taking an 11-6 lead into the first media timeout, at the 15:47 mark. Luper scored seven points during the stretch, many of them coming after Badger turnovers.
The home team stayed closed to ORU, though, and moved into the lead late in the first half. A three-pointer by Davis gave Wisconsin a 32-30 edge with 4:39 to play.
Oral Roberts would close the half on an 11-2 run however, taking a seven-point lead into the halftime locker room. Pyle hit back-to-back baskets to start the run, and Jones hit a layup at the first half buzzer, making it 41-34 at the intermission.
The good run of play continued into the second half, where ORU scored six of the first eight points. A runner by Jones put the Golden Eagles up a dozen, 47-35, with 16:08 remaining in the game.
Luper reemerged midway through the second half to add to the ORU lead. The junior drained a three-pointer at the 11:37 mark to give the road team their biggest advantage to that point, 61-43, with 11:37 on the clock.
Soon, the Golden Eagles were crossing the 20-point plateau. A transition three-pointer by Christian Key did the honors, giving the Golden Eagles a 68-47 lead at the 9:20 mark.
The Badgers never did mount a serious threat to the Golden Eagle lead, as the argin stayed in double-digits for the remainder of the game. A full-court press in the final minutes did little to slow ORU down, as the Golden Eagles left the Kohl Center with an 80-63 win.
Wisconsin dominated the glass, winning the rebounding margin by a 48-26 count, but it mattered little in the end. Pyle and Savanna Buck led ORU with five rebounds each.
ORU now turns their attention to North Texas. The Golden Eagles face the Mean Green on Wednesday afternoon in Denton, Texas. Tip time is slated for high noon.
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