ORU Pushes First Place Bison in 82-80 Loss

ORU Pushes First Place Bison in 82-80 Loss

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The Basics
Score: North Dakota State 82 – Oral Roberts 80
Records: NDSU (19-9, 11-4) – ORU (8-22, 4-12)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (Mabee Center)

TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team used a 15-0 second half run and pushed Summit League leading North Dakota State to the brink in an 82-80 loss Wednesday evening at the Mabee Center.

Following the contest, the Golden Eagles celebrated the careers of four seniors—Aaron Anderson, Jalen Bradley, Isaac Gilliam and Aaron Young—as well as junior Darian Harris, who will end his career this season. All five Golden Eagles honored have either already received their undergraduate degrees, or will graduate in May.

ORU got 23 points and nine rebounds from junior Albert Owens, who posted his 14th 20-point game of the year and matched his career high in rebounds. Seniors Bradley (16), Young (12) and Anderson (10) each reached double figures, with Anderson setting a career high with nine assists. Emmanuel Nzekwesi also reached double figures in the contest with 13 points. Gilliam finished his career with a bang as he drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to get in the scoring column.

NDSU was led by Khy Kabellis' 18 points, while Paul Miller (16) and Carlin Dupree (15) each reached double figures as well. Miller tallied the double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Turning Point
ORU got a pair of free throws from Nzekwesi to take a 72-70 lead with 5:25 to play, but NDSU scored the game's next nine points to go up 79-72 and was able to hold off ORU the rest of the way.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Owens led ORU with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Anderson dished out a game high nine assists.
North Dakota State: Kabellis led NDSU with 18 points while Miller had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 44 percent (29-66) for the game and hit 36 percent (9-25) from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles were 13-15 (87 percent) from the free throw stripe.

- NDSU connected on 43 percent (29-67) from the field and 33 percent (10-30) from long range. The Bison connected on 14-20 (70 percent) from the free throw line.

- ORU got out-rebounded 45-35 for the game, but held a 19-18 rebounding edge in the second half.

- Thanks to Owens' 23 points, ORU dominated the paint 32-26 and turned seven NDSU turnovers in 12 points for a 12-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

News and Notes
- Three times this season ORU has put together a run of at least 15-straight points. Two of the three runs came against NDSU. ORU also used a 16-0 run against South Dakota in a home victory over the Coyotes.

- A pair of Golden Eagles narrowly missed a double-double as Anderson had 10 points and nine assists, while Owens had 23 points and nine rebounds.

- Young finishes his career tied for third in career 3-point percentage, having hit 90-217 (41.5 percent) during his three years on campus.

- Bradley finishes his time at ORU seventh in career free throw percentage, connected on 82 percent (109-133) over two seasons.

- Owens will enter his senior season seventh in ORU history in career blocks with 110. He had 37 swats this season and another season like that would put him fourth all time, two blocks away from Shawn King (2006-08) who is currently third.

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