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2012-13 ORU Men’s Basketball Fact Book

2011-12 Game Box Scores Game 31 at Southern Utah

Game 32 vs. No 8 IPFW

Game 33 vs. No. 5 Western Illinois

February 25, 2012 • Cedar City, Utah (Centrum Arena)

March 3, 2012 • Sioux Falls, S.D. (Sioux Falls Arena)

March 5, 2012 • Sioux Falls, S.D. (Sioux Falls Arena)

CEDAR CITY, Utah-Oral Roberts edged Southern Utah 73-71 on the road Saturday, finishing the regular season at 26-5 and 17-1 in the Summit League. It is the most conference wins in school history and sends ORU into the Summit League tournament on a six-game winning streak. ORU missed 10 free throws in the game including a couple in the last 17 seconds but was able to hold on for the victory, led by Dominique Morrison’s 24 points. Roderick Pearson added 15 points and six assists for ORU, while Warren Niles hit three 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Damen Bell-Holter had six points but a team-high six rebounds as ORU was out-rebounded 28-25 for just the ninth time this season. Jackson Stevenett had 22 points to lead a cast of four in double figures for SUU. Damen Heuir had 15 points, while Ray Jones, Jr. had 11 points and a team-high six rebounds. Ramell Taylor had 10 points for the Thunderbirds. ORU shot 55.1 percent (27-49) for the game and 60.9 percent (14-23) in the second half, dominating most of the statistical categories including points in the paint (30-24) and fast break points (12-2). With six ties and seven lead changes, neither team’s lead was safe until the final buzzer. Trailing by as many as five in the early going, the Golden Eagles retook the lead on an alley-oop to Bell-Holter to make it 21-20. A long jumper by Pearson made it a 3-point ORU lead but Heuir hit a 3 with 28 seconds to go to tie the game. Morrison tried to get the lead back with an open look from three at the buzzer but couldn’t get the shot to fall. After trading baskets to start the second half, ORU used an 8-0 run to grab their largest lead of the game to that point at 41-33 after Morrison tipped in his own miss. ORU continued to control things until late in the second half as SUU clawed back in and made it a one-point game, 69-68, after a pair of Stevenett free throws. With ORU up two with 17 seconds to go, SUU elected to foul Pearson, who hit the first but missed the second, giving Southern Utah a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer. Heuir missed the open look but the tip in was good by Jordan Johnson with less than 3 seconds left taking the lead back down to one. Niles’ second free throw attempt rimmed out and SUU was left with a heave that fell short at the buzzer.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Just like the final meeting between the two teams in the regular season, made free throws down the stretch and a block with less than a second remaining proved the difference as top-seeded Oral Roberts (27-5, 171) survived a scare from IPFW (11-19), winning 71-67 to advance to the semifinals of the 2012 Summit League Tournament. With plenty of opportunities at the line late in the game, ORU made just enough, despite going 20-32 (62.5 percent) for the game, the second game in a row in which ORU has missed at least 10 free throws, but won. The Golden Eagles had five players in double figures, led by Warren Niles’ 17, 12 of which game from behind the arc as he shot 4-6 from there. Michael Craion had 16 points and six rebounds, while Roderick Pearson had 15 points and hit shots down the stretch with Dominique Morrison out of the game for the final 2:32 to go and ORU down by one. Morrison finished the game with 10 points to keep his double-digit scoring streak alive at 24 games. Steven Roundtree had 11 points for ORU, which shot 46 percent from the field but 41.7 percent from 3 point range (5-12) on the day. ORU held a 37-31 advantage on the boards, which led to 10 second chance points. For ORU, they move to 13-2 all-time at the Summit League Tournament when playing as the top seed. The 27 victories is also the most in school history as an NCAA Division I program, and tied for the third most in school history at any level. “As I just told my guys, this time of year you don’t always play well but you win and advance,” said Coach Scott Sutton. “We are going to forget about this game and move on to the next one. I’m really proud of Rod (Pearson). I thought he hit unbelievable shots. He had to step up when Dominique went out and he did that and showed a lot of toughness. This team is amazing. We haven’t always played well but we’ve won 27 games. They’ve always found a way to win.”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The last field goal for No. 1 Oral Roberts (27-6) came at the 7:21 mark in the second half, and a shot with 26 seconds left in the game gave No. 4 Western Illinois (18-13) the lead and the 54-53 victory in the 2012 Summit League semifinals. Despite the scoring slump, ORU still held a lead in the final minute of the game thanks to 23 points from Dominique Morrison as he hit nine of his 12 shots, including nine of 10 from inside the arc. Warren Niles had 11 points for ORU, while Michael Craion had a game-high 11 rebounds, as ORU out-rebounded the Leathernecks 33-20. It was the 25th straight game in which Morrison has scored at least 10 points and his 16th 20-point game of the season. It was also the fifth game in a row in which both Morrison and Niles have reached double figures. In the process, Morrison also passed Caleb Green (639) and Mark Acres (646) for the seventh most points in a single season in ORU history with 661 points. Terell Parks had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead WIU, while Ceola Clark had 11 points. ORU had 14 turnovers, including two late, that led to a 21-13 advantage for WIU in points off turnovers. The loss was just the second in the last 22 games for ORU dating back to a December 18 victory over Xavier, and makes Western Illinois’ first victory over ORU in the Summit League Tournament. “Obviously a devastating loss for us,” said Coach Scott Sutton. “Give Western (Illinois) a lot of credit, I thought their kids battled and made some plays down the stretch. If you score four points in the last eight minutes of a game you don’t deserve to win. It’s heartbreaking for a team who has done so much this year with 27 wins and a regular season title. It’s disappointing that they won’t be able to play tomorrow.” In the final seconds of the game, Clark missed the front end of the one and one, and as ORU grabbed the rebound it appeared that a miracle finish was once more in store, but the ball was knocked loose and the Golden Eagles’ hopes of an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament came to an end.

ORU 73, Southern Utah 71

ORU 71, IPFW 67

ORU Player Morrison Craion Bell-Holter Pearson Niles Lliteras Roundtree Manghum

FG-A 3FG-A FT-A RB TP A B S MIN 9-17 2-4 4-6 4 24 4 0 2 36 3-4 0-0 3-6 5 9 2 2 1 27 3-8 0-0 0-0 6 6 0 0 0 30 6-10 0-1 3-5 4 15 6 0 1 33 4-7 3-5 1-2 2 12 1 0 3 33 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 3 0 0 0 11 1-2 0-0 2-4 2 4 1 0 1 24 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 6

SUU Player Taylor Stevenett Massey Heuir Jones Nsenki Johnson Koehler

FG-A 3FG-A FT-A RB TP A B S MIN 5-6 0-0 0-0 1 10 0 0 1 23 8-12 0-1 6-7 5 22 1 1 0 38 3-4 1-1 0-0 3 7 1 1 0 27 5-15 2-6 3-3 2 15 7 1 1 38 3-8 0-1 5-6 6 11 1 0 4 34 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2-2 0-0 2-4 5 6 1 0 3 23 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0 0 13

Score by Periods ORU SUU

1H 31 31

2H 42 40

TOT 73 71

Officials: Frank Spencer, Dan Nowakowski, Dan Dorian

Record 26-5 (17-1) 13-16 (8-10) Attendance: 2,738

IPFW Player Peckinpaugh McCorkle Marlin Gaines Boyd Smeathers McCray Jordan Hines Kibiloski Edwards ORU Player Morrison Craion Bell-Holter Pearson Niles Lliteras Roundtree Manghum

Western Illinois 54, ORU 53

FG-A 3FG-A FT-A RB TP A B S MIN 3-3 1-1 0-0 3 7 3 0 1 22 4-9 0-0 2-4 2 10 1 1 0 31 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 10 9-17 4-6 4-7 9 26 3 1 3 32 3-7 0-2 4-4 2 10 1 0 1 26 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 1 0 13 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0-7 0-6 4-7 6 4 2 0 1 30 3-5 0-0 2-4 5 8 1 1 1 19 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 6 FG-A 3FG-A FT-A RB TP A B S MIN 2-11 0-3 6-8 3 10 3 0 0 35 6-8 0-0 4-8 6 16 2 0 2 27 1-5 0-1 0-0 7 2 2 3 0 24 5-7 1-1 4-8 5 15 3 1 1 37 6-12 4-6 1-2 5 17 0 0 2 36 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3-5 0-0 5-6 6 11 1 0 2 28 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 10

Score by Periods IPFW ORU

1H 2H TOT 23 44 67 32 39 71

Record 11-19 27-5

WIU Player FG-A 3FG-A FT-A RB TP A B S MIN Emegano 2-9 0-0 4-4 1 8 2 0 1 33 Houpt 3-5 3-5 0-0 2 9 0 0 0 35 Parks 6-8 0-0 2-2 8 14 1 4 2 35 Tyler 2-6 0-3 1-2 0 5 4 0 1 38 Clark 4-9 3-5 0-1 2 11 3 0 0 40 Packer 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Roberts-Burnett 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 1 7 Gebru 2-2 0-0 1-1 4 5 0 0 0 8 McAvoy 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 2 ORU Player Bell-Holter Morrison Craion Pearson Niles Lliteras Roundtree Manghum

FG-A 3FG-A FT-A RB TP A B S MIN 2-5 1-2 0-0 3 5 0 0 0 23 9-12 0-2 5-8 2 23 2 1 1 37 1-6 0-0 1-3 11 3 3 1 3 36 3-9 0-3 1-1 4 7 1 0 1 38 5-13 1-6 0-0 5 11 0 0 1 38 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0-3 0-0 4-4 5 4 0 0 2 21 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 5

Score by Periods WIU ORU

1H 2H TOT 27 27 54 26 27 53

Record 18-13 27-6

Officials: Mike Sanzere, Lamont Simpson, Kelly Self, Terry Wymer Attendance: 6,448

Officials: Bo Boroski, Jeff Campbell, Johnny Wilkins Attendance: 2,263

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