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MBB Starts Final Home Stand with NDSU Thursday

MBB Starts Final Home Stand with NDSU Thursday

The Basics
Oral Roberts (9-17, 3-6) vs. North Dakota State (12-12, 4-5)
 Thursday, February 8, 2018 / 7 p.m.
TV/Video: KGEB TV-53 / ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Radio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM
Location: Tulsa, Okla. / Mabee Center

  KGEB TV-53 / ESPN3 / WatchESPN     |   |     The Franchise

ORU Notes  |   NDSU Notes  | Summit League Notes

ORUMBB | ORUAthletics  |    ORUMBB | ORUAthletics  |   ORUMBB     


TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts men's basketball team will host North Dakota State Thursday night as the Golden Eagles play three straight games at home to finish out the home portion of the regular season.

Thursday's game will tip off at 7 p.m. from the Mabee Center and will be televised locally on KGEB TV-53 and will also be broadcast on ESPN3 and available through the WatchESPN app. Adam Hildebrandt's radio call of the game can be heard on The Franchise at 107.9 FM and 1270 AM, and online at

Important Links
ORU Game Notes: vs. North Dakota State
Opponent Game Notes: vs. North Dakota State
Summit League Notes: Week 14
Live Stats: vs. North Dakota State
TV / Live Video: KGEB TV-53 / ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Free Audio: The Franchise 107.9 FM / 1270 AM

Scouting the Opponent
• ORU is 11-11 all-time against the Bison, with all but two of those meetings coming as Summit League opponents. NDSU has won the last four contests, including an 82-64 decision in Fargo earlier this year.

• Paul Miller leads the Bison at 19.7 points per game, while Tyson Ward leads them in rebounds with 6.2 rebounds per game, while also averaging 10.9 points per game, the only other scorer averaging double figures for NDSU.

• In the first meeting, the Bison had no answer for Emmanuel Nzekwesi, who had 23 points and eight rebounds, but NDSU shot nearly 55 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Golden Eagles to get the victory.

Quick Hits
Sam Kearns has hit a 3-pointer in 25 consecutive games. He failed to make a triple in the first game of the season, but has connected from long range in every game since then. Only Emmanuel Nzekwesi has as many career games with a made 3-pointer with both currently sitting at 25 career contests.   

• ORU is getting more than 69 percent of its scoring (1303 of 1,887 points) from its underclassmen this season, including 53 percent (1,017 points) from the sophomore class.

• The Golden Eagles are eighth in the nation in offensive rebounds with 13.9 offensive boards per game. ORU is 11th nationally in total rebounds with 992, just behind South Dakota State's 1,005.

• It took until his 39th career game for Jontray Harris to record his first double-double, and the junior then did it in back-to-back games. Along with a career high in assists (5 vs. ETBU) and a career high in scoring (21 vs. NCC), Harris grabbed a career high 12 rebounds in both games last week, averaging 15.5 ppg and 12 rpg for the week.

Kellen Manek's nine made free throws against NCC tied him with Emmanuel Nzkewesi for the most made free throws in a game this season. Nzekwesi was 9-10 at North Dakota State (1/3/18).

• ORU became one of just nine teams this year to have three players record a double-double in the same game as Albert Owens (22/ 13), Emmanuel Nzekwesi (12/11) and Jontray Harris (10/12) did so against East Texas Baptist. It is the first time on record that ORU has had three double-doubles in the same game.

• Sophomore Emmanuel Nzekwesi earned his first career Summit League Player of the Week honor on December 18 and followed it up two weeks later with his second Player of the Week award. This year, Nzekwesi was also named to the All-Tournament team for the Malibu Subregional of the 2017 Legends Classic.

• Senior Albert Owens was one of 30 selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. ORU WBB player Faith Ihim was also selected as a candidate, making ORU and Duke the only two schools with a nominee for both the men's and women's award.

• According to the 2018 Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings, ORU played the seventh toughest non-conference schedule in the country. In addition to three teams ranked in the top 15 of the mid-major poll, ORU closed the first semester nonconference schedule with two teams receiving votes in the AP poll.

For the latest information on ORU men's basketball, follow @ORUMBB on Twitter or Instagram, or go to Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the ORU Athletics Front Row App at  or the ORU Golden Eagles Live App in iTunes or the Google Play Store. For tickets, visit or call 495-7ORU (7678).


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