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Hot Start Propels ORU Past Haskell 94-42

Hot Start Propels ORU Past Haskell 94-42

The Basics
Score: ORU 94 - Haskell 42
ORU 5-7 - Haskell 1-12
Location: Mabee Center - Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. - The Oral Roberts men's basketball team jumped out to a 15-2 lead 3:30 into the game and cruised to a 94-42 victory over Haskell Sunday afternoon at the Mabee Center. It was first 50-point victory for ORU since topping Panhandle State 91-41 November 25, 2006.

ORU got a pair of 20-point performances from Obi Emegano (22 points) and Korey Billbury (20 points). Billbury also posted a career best 17 rebounds and seven assists in the game, leading the team in both categories. Emegano had a career best eight steals in the win, the third-most in ORU history behind Haywoode Workman who had nine in a game twice during the 1988-89 season. As a team, ORU notched 19 steals in the game, four off the school record and the most since recording 18 steals at Centenary January 5, 2008.

Tsalidi Sequoyah and Stand Lovato each scored 12 points to lead Haskell, who connected on just 30 percent (18-60) from the field.

Quote of the Game
"Happy to get a win, hopefully this will carry over and will play with more confidence when we hit the road to Detroit. It was good to see Korey (Billbury) and Obi (Emegano) make plays and make shots. I thought they played unselfishly, they looked for their teammates and then obviously Obi played well defensively with eight steals. For us to be a championship team those two guys have to play at a high level every game." - Head Coach Scott Sutton

Turning Point
ORU jumped out to a 15-2 lead after starting the game 3-for-3 from 3-point range and the Golden Eagles never trailed in the contest.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Obi Emegano and Korey Billbury led in just about every category. Emegano had 22 points and a career-best eight steals, while Billbury had the third 20-10 game of his career with 20 points and a career high 17 rebounds. Billbury also had seven assists.
Tsalidi Sequoyah and Stand Lovato each had 12 points to lead Haskell. Randy July had a team-high seven rebounds.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU out-scored Haskell 24-9 over the final 8:42 of the first half to take a 43-20 lead at the break after the Indians had cut the lead to 8 (19-11).
- ORU dominated the boards with a 58-35 rebounding advantage, turning it into a 21-8 advantage in second-chance points. The 58 rebounds were the most for ORU since the 1970s. ORU had 59 rebounds against Bowling Green (Dec. 28, 1974) and at Indiana State (Jan. 4, 1975).
- Despite a season high 94 points, ORU shot just 43 percent (35-80) for the game.
- ORU hit 10 3-pointers, matching a season high, but used a season high 32 attempts to get there.
- The Golden Eagles took 80 field goal attempts, easily the most on the season. Prior to Sunday, ORU had not taken more than 65 shots in a game.

News & Notes
- The 43 points scored by ORU were the most scored by the Golden Eagles in the first half this season, topping the 40 put up in the first half against Missouri.
- Korey Billbury pulled down 17 rebounds, matching his previous career high of 15 against Saint Louis November 21, 2013.
- ORU's longest consecutive run of the game was a 14-0 spurt in the second half that gave the Golden Eagles a 65-24 lead.
- ORU's 52-point win was the largest margin of victory for ORU since topping Panhandle State 91-41 November 25, 2006.
- Obi Emegano became the first person other than Haywoode Workman to record at least eight steals in a game. Twice Workman set the school record with nine takeaways during the 1988-89 season.
- Freshman Albert Owens continued to improve his rebounding, grabbing a career high eight rebounds on Sunday. Owens has now set or matched his career best in three of the last four games.
- Adrion Webber matched his career high with seven rebounds, the second time this season in which he has hit that mark.

Up Next
The Golden Eagles will finish non-conference play at Detroit December 30 as they close out the 2014 calendar year. Summit League play begins for ORU January 2 at North Dakota State. Both contests will be shown on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN.

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