This is the ninth of 15 editions of the Top Moments from 2012-13 as selected by the ORU Media Relations Department and a social media poll.
TULSA, Okla. – First the first time since the 1970’s, the Oral Roberts University men’s basketball team was able to celebrate postseason success as the Golden Eagles earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Before this season, the last time ORU had won a Division I postseason men’s basketball game was 1975 when the Golden Eagles took a 97-95 victory over Memphis State in the NIT at Madison Square Garden. Since then, ORU has competed in four NCAA Tournaments, five NITs, and just made its second appearance in the CIT.
Sitting at 18-14 after an untimely exit in the Southland Conference Tournament, the Golden Eagles still had high hopes for a postseason berth and the chance to finish the season on a high note.
The bid came from the CIT, and ORU hit the road for a first round matchup with UT Arlington. There was a different feel around the team and the Golden Eagles jumped all over the Mavericks, taking a 43-27 lead at halftime, shooting 53 percent from the field. They went on and cruised to an 84-76 victory and earned a home game in the second round.
The momentum continued and ORU shot 53 percent from the field in the first half and dominated UC Irvine at the Mabee Center, giving the seniors one last victory on their home court and putting ORU in the quarterfinals. It was the first quarterfinal appearance in any tournament since falling at home to Kansas in overtime in the 1974 NCAA Tournament.
From there it was off to Ogden, Utah, for a rematch with the Weber State Wildcats, a team that ORU had faced late in the season as part of the BracketBusters Series. Unfortunately for ORU, despite a solid effort, Weber State was too hot as ORU caught them in the midst of a streak in which they won 15 of 16 games.
The postseason victories, while breaking the long drought, also got ORU to 20 wins for the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years.