Score: IPFW 75 - ORU 69
Records: IPFW 13-11 (6-5 SL) - ORU 13-11 (6-4 SL)
Location: Gates Sports Center - Fort Wayne, Ind.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Oral Roberts dug out of an 11-point hole and grabbed a second-half lead, but could not steal the road win at IPFW as the Golden Eagles fell 75-69 Saturday night.
The loss ended ORU's three-game winning streak and four-game winning streak against IPFW in the series. ORU got four double figure performances, led by Korey Billbury's 19. Bobby Word scored 16, Obi Emegano had 14 and Denell Henderson finished with 10. Emegano led the team to a 34-24 rebounding advantage with seven boards, while Billbury and Aaron Young each notched three assists.
IPFW was led by Max Landis' career-high 27 points as he connected on 8-10 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line. Steve Forbes added 13 and Joe Reed chipped in 12 for the Mastodons.
Quote of the Game
"Disappointed in the loss. We had our chances but just gave up way too many easy baskets. We gave up 38 points in the paint, and it wasn't just (Steve) Forbes, we just did a bad job. I told our guys we were going to have to play a great game to win, and I don't think we played bad, but we didn't play quite good enough." - Coach Scott Sutton
Brandon Conley's put-back with 1:02 to play cut it to a two-point game, but Steve Forbes' forced jumper banked in and gave IPFW the breathing room it needed at 70-66.
Oral Roberts: Korey Billbury led the offense with 19 points, while Bobby Word was 6-11 from the field and scored 16 points. All five of Word's misses were from 3-point range (2-7). Obi Emegano had 14 points but a team-high seven rebounds. Aaron Young and Billbury each had three of ORU's seven assists.
IPFW: Max Landis led IPFW with a career-high 27 points. Isaiah McCray grabbed a team-high four rebounds to lead the Mastodons.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU out-shot the Mastodons in the second half, shooting 51 percent, but finished at 48 percent (26-54) for the game. IPFW connected on 50 percent (26-52) for the game.
- IPFW held a 38-20 advantage in the paint.
- ORU out-rebounded IPFW 34-24 and used it to a 20-7 second-chance advantage.
- ORU was 13-15 from the free throw line, the fewest free throw attempts since going 8-9 at North Dakota State.
News & Notes
- Down as many as 11 in the first half, a block from behind by Bobby Word gave ORU the last possession of the half and Word drained a 3-pointer to cut it to three at halftime. Word's bucket was the sixth ORU field goal in the final five seconds of a half.
- ORU closed the first half on a 13-5 run over the final 4:10 of the half. ORU had not attempted a free throw until that run but was 6-6 during the closing stretch.
- ORU is now 10-4 all-time against IPFW but snapped a four-game winning streak in the series.
- IPFW had seven more free throw attempts and six more makes from the charity stripe. ORU is now 1-7 when its opponent makes more free throws and 1-6 when the opponent gets to the line more.
- Preseason favorite IPFW has now won five games in a row, the longest active streak in the Summit League.
The Golden Eagles return home for a Thursday matchup against Western Illinois. Tip from the Mabee Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and through the WatchESPN app.