Score: No. 10 Creighton 66 – Oral Roberts 65
Records: Creighton (11-0) – ORU (2-10)
Location: Omaha, Neb. (CenturyLink Center)
OMAHA, Neb. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team nearly shocked the basketball world as the Golden Eagles went toe-to-toe with No. 10 Creighton Saturday evening in front of 16,489 fans at CenturyLink Arena.
The Golden Eagle defense held Creighton to 25 points below their season average and had a multiple shots to win it in the final seconds but couldn't get the game-winner to fall. Albert Owens led the Golden Eagles with 23 points on a 10-17 shooting effort. Jalen Bradley added 16 and seven of the eight Golden Eagles scored at least two points.
Creighton got 22 points from Marcus Foster, 13 from Maurice Watson, Jr., and 10 from Justin Patton. ORU held a 40-30 advantage on the boards and a 10-2 edge in second chance points.
Quote of the Game
"In the second half we held them to 0 fast break points and it allowed us to get back in the game. I thought we controlled the tempo, we moved the ball extremely well and we were unselfish. The last three minutes we got great looks but to win a game like this against a great team, somebody has to step up and make shots and make winning plays. Our defense was good enough to win. I'm proud of our guys." – Head Coach Scott Sutton
ORU used a 24-6 run in the second half to erase a double-digit deficit and take its first lead of the game and a 3-pointer by Owens made it 65-60, but the Golden Eagles were unable to find a basket in the final minutes of the game. Neither team scored a point the final 3:21 of the contest.
Oral Roberts: Owens led the offense with 23 points, going 10-17 from the field. Owens, along with Aaron Anderson and Darian Harris each grabbed eight rebounds. Anderson dished out six assists as well.
Creighton: Foster scored 22 and tied Patton for team-high honors with six rebounds. Watson had 10 assists.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 44 percent (26-59) for the game and 31 percent (6-19) from 3-point range, but made seven of their 10 free throws.
- A team that is shooting better than 54 percent for the season, Creighton shot 48 percent (28-58) from the field, and 36 percent (7-19) from 3-point range. The Bluejays hit just three of nine free throw attempts.
- ORU held a 40-30 advantage in rebounding and 10-2 in second chance points. ORU also held a 13-12 edge in points off turnovers and the ORU bench outscored Creighton 15-7, just the third time this season in which the ORU bench has outscored the opponent.
News and Notes
- Owens matched his career high with 23 points, which he set against Oakland earlier in the month.
- The one point margin was the closest the Golden Eagles have played an AP top 10 team since beating No. 8 Xavier during the 2011-12 season.
- ORU held Creighton to 66 points, 25 points below their season average of 91.6 points per game.
- Head Coach Scott Sutton and Assistant Coach Sean Sutton were honored before the game on behalf of their father, Eddie, who was a coach at Creighton from 1969-74.
- The announced attendance of 16,489 is the 12th largest crowd that ORU has played in front of.
ORU will wrap up the non-conference schedule with a pair of home games before taking a break for Christmas. The Golden Eagles will host Little Rock on Monday, Dec. 19, before hosting Richmond Friday, Dec. 23.
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