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3-Point Barrage Pushes NDSU Past ORU, 85-73

3-Point Barrage Pushes NDSU Past ORU, 85-73

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The Basics
Score: North Dakota State 85 – Oral Roberts 73
Record: NDSU (14-12, 8-4) – ORU (10-18, 6-7)
Location: Fargo, N.D. (Scheels Center)

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State hit 10 3-pointers in the first half, 15 in the game, and held off a late Oral Roberts charge as the Bison topped the Golden Eagles 85-73, Thursday night. 

Kevin Obanor led the ORU offense with 18 points and eight rebounds. Sam Kearns added 11 points and a season-high eight assists.

Vinnie Shahid scored 22 points to lead North Dakota State, with Jared Samuelson and Tyson Ward each scoring 18. Samuelson finished the game 6-9 from 3-point range. Ward led the Bison on the boards with eight rebounds.

ORU shot nearly 52 percent from the field, but was just 9-24 from 3-point range, while NDSU hit 54 percent from the field and 15-27 from 3-point range. ORU out-rebounded NDSU 29-25.

Quote of the Game
"I thought the guys turned around and battled. We ended up being much more aggressive in the man-to-man. I'm disappointed that we didn't switch on a ball screen and let their best shooter get free late. Unfortunately he was the one guy we needed to be aware of and it cost us on that possession." – ORU Head Coach Paul Mills

Turning Point
An Obanor layup made it a 73-70 game with 4:13 to play, before Samuelson hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to push the NDSU advantage to nine and then Shahid put the game out of reach with a layup at the 2:01 mark to make it an 11-point game.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Obanor led ORU in scoring (18 points) and rebounding (eight rebounds), while Kearns dished out eight assists.
North Dakota State: NDSU was led offensively by Shahid who had 22 points and five assists, while Ward led the rebounding effort with eight boards.

Inside the Box Score
- ORU shot 51.8 percent (29-56) from the field, 37 percent (9-24) from 3-point range and 85 percent (6-7) from the free throw line.

- NDSU shot 54.5 percent (30-55) from the field, 55 percent (15-27) from 3-point range and 83 percent (10-12) from the free throw line.

- ORU out-rebounded the Bison 29-25 and led 10-8 on second chance points. Each team had 30 points in the paint.

- ORU had 10 turnovers, while NDSU turned it over just six times.

News and Notes
- Kearns set a new season high with eight assists. Kearns has now had seven or more assists in four games this year.

- Thursday was the third time this season in which ORU has given up 15 made 3-pointers. FGCU and Purdue Fort Wayne also hit 15 triples against the Golden Eagles.

- Obanor has now scored in double figures in eight straight games this season. Kearns has put together six straight double-digit scoring nights since coming back from injury and has 31 assists during that span.

- ORU's 10 turnovers matched the fewest in a game this season. ORU also had 10 giveaways against SMU and Western Illinois.

Up Next
The Golden Eagles will remain up north and face North Dakota on Saturday at 7 p.m. That game will be televised by MidcoSN and available on ESPN3.

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