Score: Missouri State 84 – Oral Roberts 50
Record: MSU (1-0) – ORU (0-1)
Location: Springfield, Mo. (JQH Arena)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A first-half run by Missouri State put the Bears out in front and Oral Roberts was unable to erase the deficit in an 84-50 loss at JQH Arena to start the men's basketball season.
Kerwin Smith led ORU with 12 points and nine rebounds in his Golden Eagle debut, while Nzekwesi matched Smith's offense with 12 points as the only other double digit scorer.
Missouri State got 26 points from Jarred Dixon as the Bears had four players in double figures. Three different Bears had a team-high seven rebounds, while Josh Webster dished out a game high nine assists.
Quote of the Game
"We put a lot of guys on the floor who have never been in this situation before. This is game one. In hindsight I think this will be a wonderful lesson for our guys, and a wonderful lesson for our coaching staff. We will learn from it and I feel good about our ability to get better." – Coach Paul Mills
A D.J. Weaver 3-pointer got ORU within two at 21-19 midway through the first half, but Missouri State scored 11 straight to push the lead out to double digits and it would stay that way the remainder of the game.
Oral Roberts: Smith and Nzekwesi each had 12 points to lead the offense, while Smith grabbed a team-high nine boards. D.J. Weaver had three of ORU's four blocks and Carlos Jurgens had three of the team's six assists.
Missouri State: Dixon scored 26 points to lead Missouri State in scoring, while Webster had nine assists. Obediah Church blocked four shots.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot just 29 percent (17-58) from the field and 18 percent (5-28) from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles hit 61 percent of their free throws (11-18), with Nzekwesi (3-3) and Emir Ahmedic (2-2) finishing the game perfect from the line.
- Missouri State shot 55 percent (35-63) from the field and 30 percent (6-20) from 3-point range, including a 1-8 mark in the second half. The Bears were 8-15 (53 percent) from the free throw line.
- Missouri State held a 39-34 edge in rebounding, but out-rebounded ORU 21-13 in the second half after ORU held a 21-18 edge in the first half.
- ORU out-scored MSU 12-5 in second chance points, thanks to 10 offensive rebounds.
News and Notes
- A total of six new faces saw action for ORU on Tuesday, with five of the six scoring four points or more.
- ORU made it 182 straight games with a 3-pointer made, hitting five triples in the contest.
- With the win, Missouri State took a slim 9-8 edge in the all-time series between the two teams.
ORU will host Southwestern on Friday night (November 9) at the Mabee Center as part of ORU's 2018 Homecoming celebration. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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