ORU Trio Leads Golden Eagles Past Omaha 103-86

ORU Trio Leads Golden Eagles Past Omaha 103-86

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The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 103 – Omaha 86
Records: ORU (7-14, 3-4 SL) – Omaha (11-10, 4-4)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (Mabee Center)

TULSA, Okla. – Led by an offensive attack that featured three 20-point scorers, the Oral Roberts men's basketball team took down Omaha 103-86 Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Center.

After a slow start offensively, Albert Owens hit 11 of his last 13 shots in the game and was 6-7 from the free throw line to score a career-high 28 points. Kris Martin added 26 points and Jalen Bradley scored 16 in the first half alone en route to 24 points, also matching his career high with seven assists. Emmanuel Nzekwesi chipped in 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

Tra-Deon Hollins was everywhere for Omaha, leading the Mavericks in points (33), assists (nine) and rebounds (eight).

Quote of the Game
"It was a good win. We beat a hot team who had won four in a row and was playing awfully good basketball. We got a lot of production from several different guys. I was really happy for Jalen, going against his former team to play like he did. Kris continues to make shots and then Albert, I thought he was dominant after the first 4-5 minutes. He just continues to be, in my opinion, the best big man in the league as far as a back to the basket guy." – Head Coach Scott Sutton

Turning Point
Having controlled much of the game, Nzekwesi hit a trey to jumpstart an 8-0 run to put ORU up 20 with 3:43 to play.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Owens led the three-headed monster for ORU with 28 points. Martin scored 26 and Bradley added 24 points and seven assists, while Nzekwesi got the double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Omaha: Hollins did a little of everything for the Mavericks, leading Omaha in points (33), rebounds (eight) and assists (nine).

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 52 percent (34-65) for the game, the third time in the last four games to connect on at least 50 percent from the field.

- The Golden Eagles hit 43 percent (9-21) from 3-point range and shot better than 80 percent (26-29) from the free throw line for the fourth straight game.

- Omaha connected on 53 percent (30-56) from the field, 56 percent (13-23) from 3-point range and 76 percent (13-17) from the free throw line.

- ORU dominated inside with a 42-20 advantage in points in the paint and a 20-6 lead in points off turnovers.

- The Golden Eagles also dominated the rebounding battle 37-25, the largest margin in ORU's favor this season.

News and Notes
- ORU scored 100 points for the first time since a 100-95 win over Detroit November 28, 2015 and scored the most points since scored 112 against Tabor the game before (November 25, 2015).

- The Golden Eagles had three 20-point scorers for the first time since February 10, 2011 when Warren Niles (29), Dominique Morrison (25) and Roderick Pearson (20) did so against UMKC.

- Owens scored at least 20 points for the sixth straight game and 10th time this season with a career high 28 points.

- Having never scored 20 entering his sophomore season, Martin posted his sixth 20-point game of the season.

- Bradley scored more than 20 for the fourth time this year and the fifth time in his ORU career.

- Bradley matched his career high with seven assists.

- Nzekwesi scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. It was his first double-digit rebound performance since grabbing 13 boards against Michigan State.

- ORU scored 56 points in the second half, the second straight game topping the 50 point mark in the second half.

Up Next 
The Golden Eagles will head on the road for a mid-week contest against current Summit League leader North Dakota State January 25. The contest will be broadcast live in ESPN3 at 7 p.m.  

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