TULSA, Okla. – Kevin Obanor nearly scored at will matching his career high with 31 points to lead the Oral Roberts men’s basketball team in a 73-60 win at home over Rogers State Tuesday night at the Mabee Center.
Max Abmas and Obanor connected on back-to-back 3-pointers as the Golden Eagles started on a quick 8-2 run. The Houston, Texas, native continued his strong start hitting another from long range and scored 10 of the home side’s first 13 points. RSU battled back to take a four-point lead, 19-15, before ORU took control of the frame using a 17-5 stretch to close the opening half in front, 32-24.
Francis Lacis stretched ORU’s advantage to 13 in the early stages of the second stanza, but the Hillcats again cut into the margin before Obanor hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. He scored seven-straight points in a span of just 41 seconds giving the Golden Eagles a 45-29 cushion, their largest lead of the night.
The advantage never dropped below seven points as ORU put the finishing touches on the home victory, 73-60.
Quote of the Game
“That’s a really good win. I just don’t think people understand how good of a basketball team Rogers State is. I thought our guys did a good job of picking up the slack with Emmanuel out and doing things that we should do night in and night out. I’m very proud of the effort tonight.” – Head Coach Paul Mills
Seeing the Hillcats take their largest lead of the contest, 19-15, at the 8:45 mark of the opening half, the Golden Eagles responded by dominating the next three minutes scoring a 10-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from R.J. Fuqua. ORU never let the lead get away for the remainder of the game.
Oral Roberts: Obanor used a career-best five made 3-pointers on his way to matching a career high totaling 31 points. The redshirt sophomore shot 10-of-16 from the floor and was 5-of-9 from long range. He added a team-best 10 rebounds, including five offensive boards, for his second double-double of the campaign.
Rogers State: Former ORU student-athlete Chris Miller returned to the Mabee Center and led the Hillcats with 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds.
Inside the Box Score
– The Golden Eagles dominated the glass holding a 49-27 edge over the Hillcats as all 10 players that saw the court grabbed at least two.
– Abmas reached double-digit scoring for the fifth time in as many games for the ORU offense posting 11 points hitting 2-of-4 from distance.
– Elijah Lufile also scored in double figures recording 10 points and pulled down five offensive rebounds on his way to eight total rebounds for the night. The redshirt sophomore drew seven fouls against as he was a force inside the paint for the Golden Eagles.
– Aidan Saunders made the most of his minutes late in the game finishing with eight points on a perfect, 3-for-3 shooting effort and added four rebounds in just over six minutes on the court.
News and Notes
– The Golden Eagles remain perfect at home this season improving to 2-0.
– Getting 10 points from Lufile, eight by Saunders and two from D’Mauria Jones, the Golden Eagles registered a season-best 20 points from their bench.
– ORU out-scored the visitors by a 15-3 margin in second-chance points, but committed a season-high 20 turnovers leading directly to 23 Hillcat points.
– Tuesday was an exhibition contest for Rogers State and does not officially count towards its record.
ORU hits the road for another challenge on the schedule facing the Shockers of Wichita State Saturday for an afternoon tilt. First tip is slated for 2 p.m. inside Charles Koch Arena with live audio available at 107.9 FM The Franchise.