ORU Falters in 67-63 Loss at North Dakota State

ORU Falters in 67-63 Loss at North Dakota State

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The Basics
Score: North Dakota State 67 – Oral Roberts 63
Records: NDSU (15-8, 5-4 SL) – ORU (11-13, 3-7 SL)
Location: Scheels Arena (Fargo, N.D.)

FARGO, N.D. – For the second game in a row, the Oral Roberts men's basketball team led for nearly 30 minutes but surrendered the late lead, falling 67-63 to North Dakota State Thursday night.

The Golden Eagles held as much as an 8-point lead and were in front for 29:05 of the game, but couldn't stop a Bison offense that finished 7-of-7 from the field in the final five minutes of the contest. 

ORU got 20 points as well as four assists from Obi Emegano and a career-high 10 rebounds from Javan White. Albert Owens was 7-11 from the field and scored 14 points, while Jalen Bradley added 10 points. As a team, ORU shot nearly 50 percent (27-55) from the field but was just 35 percent (5-14) from 3-point range.

NDSU was led by A.J. Jacobson's 20 points, while Malik Clements added 14 and Kory Brown scored 12. The Bison shot 55 percent (15-27) in the second half and 51 percent (25-49) for the game. NDSU also hit seven 3-pointers and out-rebounded ORU 29-28.

Turning Point
The Bison finished the game 7-of-7 from the field and out-scored ORU 16-6 down the stretch to overcome the six-point lead built by the Golden Eagles.

Quote of the Game
"It goes back to mental toughness and not thinking that something bad is going to happen. Guys have to go out and win the game and not sit back and hope to win. If we get down and defend, we win the game. Give them credit their stars stepped up and made plays. We have to step up and develop a toughness and a belief that we are going to win. Right now we don't have that and it is disappointing. We did enough good things tonight to win the game."  - Coach Scott Sutton

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Emegano scored 20 points and had a team-high four assists. White set a new career high with 10 rebounds.
NDSU: Jacobson scored 20 points, Chris Kading led the Bison with eight rebounds and Khy Kabellis dished out five assists.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU had just eight turnovers and forced 10 Bison giveaways.

- The Golden Eagles shot just four free throws in the game, all coming in the first seven minutes of the game. It was the fewest attempts in more than 15 years, and the fewest made free throws since going 2-5 at Stephen F. Austin January 12, 2013.

- NDSU was 10-15 from the free throw line, sending ORU to 1-11 when their opponent gets to the line more.

News and Notes
- With a 1-point lead as the clock ticked under three minutes, ORU suffered its first loss of the season when leading with three minutes to play. Prior to Thursday, the Golden Eagles were 11-0 when holding the late lead.

- The 49 percent from the field was the best percentage in a loss since hitting 53 percent from the field against Denver.

- With one block in the game, Brandon Conley moved into sole possession of ninth place in career blocks at ORU with 89 rejections.

Up Next
The weekend road trip will conclude Saturday afternoon as the Golden Eagles face South Dakota in a 2 p.m. tip off in Vermillion.  

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