Score: WSU 62 - ORU 61
Records: WSU (3-3) - ORU (2-4)
Location: Dee Events Center - Ogden, Utah
OGDEN, Utah - Weber State hit a buzzer beater to end the first half and a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds to play in the game as Oral Roberts University lost 62-61 to the Wildcats at the Dee Events Center Monday night.
ORU (2-4) faltered down the stretch, missing a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left and was called for a travel trying to inbound the ball with 1.8 to play. The Golden Eagles led for 32:54 in the game and led by as many as eight but could never put away the Wildcats, who were hot from long range, hitting 10 3-pointers in the game.
ORU got 17 points from Korey Billbury and 10 points from Adrion Webber, and shot 55 percent in the second half, but hit just 3-of-8 attempts from 3-point range. Behind Drew Wilson's eight rebounds, Obi Emegano's seven and Brandon Conley's six boards, ORU out-rebounded WSU 35-33, including a19-14 edge in the second half.
WSU had 16 points from Richaud Gittens, who was a perfect 4-4 from 3-point range in the game. Chris Golden added 15 points and Joel Bolomboy grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
Quote of the Game
"Give Weber State credit, they hung in there all game. But our two most experienced players in Obi (Emegano) and Korey (Billbury) have to be tough enough to step to the free throw line and make shots and they didn't do that tonight." - Coach Scott Sutton.
Jeremy Senglin's 3-pointer with two seconds to play was the 10th and final lead change of the game, putting Weber State up 62-61.
Oral Roberts: Korey Billbury had a game-high 17 points, while Adrion Webber matched his season high with 10 points. Drew Wilson had his most productive game of the season with eight points and eight rebounds.
Weber State: Richaud Gittens had 16 points, Chris Golden added 15 and Joel Bolomboy grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU led for 32:54 of a game that featured five ties and 10 lead changes
- ORU shot 55 percent in the second half, as opposed to WSU's 44 percent
- The Golden Eagles dominated the paint with a 34-12 scoring advantage around the basket.
- WSU hit 10-24 3-point attempts in the game
- ORU held a 35-33 advantage on the boards.
News & Notes
- Richaud Gittens banked a 35-foot shot in at the halftime buzzer to tie the game at 24-24 for the third time in the game.
- The 10 3-pointers given up are the second most by the Golden Eagles this season, only behind the 12 dropped in by Missouri.
- Monday was the first time this season in which ORU did not get to the free throw line more than its opponent, and also the first time ORU did not make more free throws than the opposition.
- ORU held a rebounding advantage for the second time this season, but the second game in a row.
ORU will return to the Mabee Center Sunday, December 7 for a 3 p.m. tip off against Missouri State.