Score: Tulsa 79 – ORU 65
Records: TU (3-2) – ORU (1-5)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (Mabee Center)
TULSA, Okla. – For the first time in four years, the Oral Roberts men's basketball team was beaten in the PSO Mayor's Cup game as Tulsa won Monday's matchup 79-65 at the Mabee Center.
With an injury depleted roster, the Golden Eagles had just seven players log more than a minute in the game and 64 of the team's 65 points came from the starting five. Albert Owens led the way with 18 points, while Emmanuel Nzekwesi notched his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Jalen Bradley matched his career high with seven assists.
Tulsa had five players scored in double figures, led by Jaleel Wheeler's 15. Junior Etou recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Quote of the Game
"Give Tulsa a lot of credit I thought they played well. They made shots and we didn't during that stretch and that was the biggest key. We were up three going into that timeout and we went ice cold and they made some tough shots. We have to get healthy, we need to get Aaron Anderson back. Their depth certainly hurt us tonight." – Coach Scott Sutton
ORU took a 53-50 lead with 12:33 to play in the game, but fell victim to a 16-0 Tulsa run.
Oral Roberts: Owens' 18 points and Nzekwesi's 11 rebounds led the Golden Eagles.
Tulsa: Wheeler shot just 5-16, but led the Golden Hurricane with 15 points. Etou grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU struggled from the field all night, hitting just 37 percent (24-65) overall, including a 35 percent (9-26) mark from 3-point range and 57 percent (8-14) from the free throw line.
- Tulsa connected on 45 percent (28-62) for the game, including a 50 percent (14-28) clip in the second half. TU shot 41 percent (10-24) from 3-point range and 81 percent (13-16) from the free throw line.
- ORU forced 15 Tulsa turnovers and turned it into a 23-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
- The Golden Eagles got just one point from its bench, coming on a Jontray Harris free throw.
News and Notes
- The nine blocks by the Golden Eagles were the most since swatting nine shots against Loyola in the CBI March 23, 2015.
- With 73 career blocks, Owens got his first block of the season and swatted a team high three shots on Monday.
- ORU had four of the five starters reach double figures in scoring, led by Owens and Nzekwesi, who combined to shoot 14-28 from the field.
- The Tulsa win snapped ORU's three-game winning streak in the series.
ORU will head north this weekend to face former Mid-Con/Summit League rival Oakland Thursday, December 1, with a game against Michigan State set for Saturday, December 3.
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