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Golden Eagles Host Stephen F. Austin on ESPN3

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 01/22/2014
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TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts University returns to the Mabee Center and looks to reverse a two-game skid on Thursday, January 23 when they host Stephen F. Austin. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 pm CT and the game will be broadcast nationally through ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Radio coverage of the game begins at 4:45 pm CT on KYAL-AM 1550 and ORUGoldenEagles.com, while tickets are available by calling 495-7ORU.

Oral Roberts (3-12, 2-3 Southland Conference) currently occupies the 9th position in a crowded Southland Conference race after falling twice last week, including a 67-64 setback at Incarnate Word on January 18. Christian Key scored 20 in the loss to UIW and averaged 20.5 points per game for the week, providing a bright spot in an otherwise difficult stretch.

Key continues to lead the team with 13.7 points per game, a number that ranks 12th in the Southland Conference. The senior also moved into the league’s top-10 in assists last week, as she now averages 3.3 per game.

Stephen F. Austin is 10-7 overall and 4-1 in Southland Conference play after slipping up in their last game, a 66-54 loss to Northwestern State on January 16. The Ladyjacks are tied for 1st in the SLC standings, sharing the spot with Central Arkansas.

Preseason SLC Player of the Year Porsha Roberts leads Stephen F. Austin with 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while Brittney Matthew is second on the club with 12.2 points per game.

ORU is 3-1 all-time against Stephen F. Austin, including a win in 1984, a loss in 1985 and two victories last season. The Golden Eagles won in Tulsa, 63-56 and in Nacogdoches, 68-64. Key led the Golden Eagles with 20 points in the first meeting with SFA, while Sarah Shelton led all current Golden Eagles with seven points in the second meeting.

ORU caps the home stand on Saturday afternoon, when they host Northwestern State. Tipoff is slated for a special 12:30 pm CT start on Hall of Fame Day at the Mabee Center.
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