No. 3 Denver Outlasts No. 6 ORU 90-88 in Double Overtime Thriller

No. 3 Denver Outlasts No. 6 ORU 90-88 in Double Overtime Thriller

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The Basics
Score: Denver 90 – Oral Roberts 88
Record: DU (15-14) – ORU (11-21)
Location: Sioux Falls, S.D. (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)

SIOUX FALLS, Neb. – The No. 6 Oral Roberts men's basketball team nearly pulled the upset of No. 3 Denver, Sunday, but came up short in double overtime, 90-88.

An off balance, banked-in 3-pointer from Joe Rosga sent the game to overtime and an Austin Ruder layup at the buzzer rimmed out sending the game to a second overtime period. ORU had the ball with the chance to tie or win the game in the second overtime period, but was not able to get a shot off.

Ruder, one of two seniors on the ORU roster, did all he could to continue his career, scoring 20 points including six 3-pointers. Emmanuel Nzekwesi also scored 20 and earned the double-double with 10 rebounds, tying Javan White for the team lead in rebounds. The sophomore duo grabbed 20 of ORU's 42 rebounds.

Daniel Amigo led Denver with 22 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the extra period. Ade Murkey scored 20 points and Rosga had 18 points, including the 3-pointer to tie the game in regulation.

Denver out-rebounded ORU 44-42 for the game, although ORU had a 13-7 advantage in second chance points.

Turning Point
Up three with 10 seconds to play in regulation after a pair of Ruder free throws, Rosga ran the length of the floor and put up a 3-pointer that banked in with five seconds to play to send the game to overtime.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Nzekwesi and Ruder each scored 20 points, while Nzekwesi and White each grabbed a team high 10 rebounds. Ruder and Sam Kearns each dished out four assist and Ruder had a team best three steals.
Amigo scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading the Pioneers in both categories. Murkey had seven assists to lead the way.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 45 percent (32-71) from the field and 45 percent (11-24) from 3-point range.

- The Golden Eagles hit 13-18 from the free throw line.

- Denver shot 45.3 percent (34-75) for the game and was just 6-20 (30 percent) from 3-point range.

- The Pioneers hit 16-23 from the free throw line.

- Denver held a 44-42 rebounding advantage and 48-42 lead in points in the paint.

- ORU out-scored Denver 13-7 in second chance points and 24-13 off the bench.

News and Notes
- Sunday was the second time a Summit League Tournament game has gone to double overtime. ORU has played in both contests and is now 1-1 in those games.

- Ruder matched his career high in points (20), field goals (six), 3-pointers (six) and steals (three).

- Jontray Harris had a career best three blocks in the contest.

- Nzekwesi scored 20 points for the first time since scoring 23 at North Dakota State January 13. Sunday was his fourth game this season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

- ORU moves to 2-3 all-time as a six seed in the Summit League Tournament.

- ORU was beaten by Denver in all three contests this year, but all three were decided by fewer than 10 points.

- Sunday's loss marks the end of the ORU careers for seniors Albert Owens and Ruder. Owens finishes his career with 159 career blocks, third in ORU history.

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