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Omaha Prevails over ORU in Overtime, 83-76

Omaha Prevails over ORU in Overtime, 83-76

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The Basics
Score: Omaha 83 – Oral Roberts 76
Records: UNO (14-13, 7-7) – ORU (8-20, 4-10)
Location: Omaha, Neb. (Baxter Arena)

OMAHA, Neb. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team had a shot to win the game in regulation against Omaha , but the Mavericks prevailed in overtime, 83-76 Thursday night at Baxter Arena.

Albert Owens was dominant inside with 24 points on a 10-18 shooting effort. Jalen Bradley dropped 17 points and grabbed a career high eight rebounds against his former club, while Aaron Young added 13 points with three triples.

Tra-Deon Holllins scored 24 points and was 4-7 from 3-point range to lead the Mavericks. Tre'Shawn Thurman added 19 and Marcus Tyus scored 17 before fouling out. ORU was out-rebounded 47-40 but 23 of the Mavericks' 47 rebounds were offensive boards.

Quote of the Game
"I thought we had momentum going into the overtime and it is so important when you start overtime to have something good happen to you and we went out and fouled. Two things that hurt us tonight were we fouled way too much in the second half and then we gave up 23 offensive rebounds and it just killed us. They won this game on the offensive glass. We kind of beat ourselves by not putting bodies on guys and not being tough enough to get defensive rebounds." – Head Coach Scott Sutton

Turning Point
After a great defensive stand at the end of regulation, Aaron Young had a long 3-pointer to try and win it but just missed. Once the game went to overtime, the Mavericks out-scored ORU 12-3 to start the extra period and ORU could not erase the deficit.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Owens dominated the paint to a tune of 24 points, while Aaron Anderson grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and four assists.
Omaha: Hollins had 24 points while Thurman edged Hollins for the rebounding advantage with 10 boards while Hollins grabbed nine.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 43 percent (29-67) from the field and 30 percent (6-20) from 3-point range, while connecting on 80 percent (12-15) from the free throw line.

- Omaha finished the game 38 percent (27-71) from the field, 42 percent (10-24) from 3-point range and 61 percent (19-31) from the free throw line.

- Omaha started the game 4-4 from 3-point range but finished the first half hitting just one of their final seven attempts from distance.

- The Mavericks were 3-4 in overtime, but got nine of their 16 points in overtime from the free throw line.

News and Notes
- ORU put together a 10-0 run and extended it to a 16-2 spurt to erase an 11-point deficit and take a 26-23 lead.

- The Golden Eagles played just their second overtime game of the year (Ole Miss).

- Owens matched his career high with 28 points in the first meeting against Omaha and scored 24 on Thursday.

- Bradley and Anderson combined for 17 of ORU's 40 rebounds.

Up Next 
ORU finishes the three game road swing at South Dakota Saturday at 3:15 p.m. in a game that will be aired on ESPN3.  

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