Score: Baylor 76 – Oral Roberts 61
Records: Baylor (1-0) – ORU (0-1)
Location: Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
WACO, Texas – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team got 15 points from freshman Emmanuel Nzekwesi and had eight different players score at least three points, but it wasn't enough to get past Baylor on Friday night as the Bears won 76-61.
Baylor was led by Al Freeman who scored a game-high 16 points as the Bears had four of their starting five reach double figures. Jo Lual-Acuil, Jr. and Terry Maston each grabbed nine rebounds as Baylor held the slight 36-33 edge on the boards.
A 3-point game at the midway point in the first half, Baylor went on an 11-0 run resulting in too much ground for the Golden Eagles to make up.
Quote of the Game
"I knew to come in here and beat Baylor we would have to play a great game and we didn't do that. I give Baylor a lot of credit, especially on the defensive end. They held two of our best players to 6-26 and you aren't going to beat any good teams on the road when Albert and Jalen shoot the ball like that. Those two guys are going to have great years, it was just one of those nights when the ball wouldn't go in." – Coach Scott Sutton
Oral Roberts: Nzekwesi led ORU in scoring with 15 points, going 7-13 from the field, while Anderson grabbed three offensive rebounds and led the way with seven total boards. Bradley dished out six assists, one shy of his career high.
Baylor: Freeman hit three of his four 3-point attempts en route to 16 points. Lual-Acuil and Maston each grabbed nine rebounds. Manu Lecomte notched the double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 41 percent (24-58) from the field but hit just 23 percent (3-13) from 3-point range.
- Baylor finished the game shooting 44 percent (24-54) from the field and hit 10 3-pointers (10-26).
- Baylor got to the line 26 times and hit 18 free throws, while ORU shot 10-14 from the charity stripe.
- ORU dominated the paint with a 38-22 advantage in points inside.
News and Notes
- ORU was not credited with a block in the game, snapping a streak of 17 straight games with at least one block.
- The Golden Eagles are now 33-19 all-time in season openers, but just 5-14 on the road.
The Golden Eagles will have their regular season home opener on Monday, November 14, as the host Rogers State at 7 p.m. inside the Mabee Center.
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