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Halftime Lead Evaporates as ORU Falls to No. 10 Shockers 71-58

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          Release: 12/07/2013
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 ORU at Wichita State | Saturday, December 7, 2013
 Team  1st H  2nd H  Total
 Oral Roberts  30  28  58
 No. 10 Wichita St.  22  49  71
 Glover - 22 pts (4-4 FT) | Billbury 12 points | Jackson 10 pts, 5 reb                    

WICHITA, Kan. – The Oral Roberts men’s basketball team held an eight point halftime lead over the No. 10 Wichita State Shockers Saturday evening at Charles Koch Arena, but a hot-shooting second half for WSU put the nationally-ranked squad past ORU 71-58.

It was the second top-15 team ORU (5-4) has faced this season, also playing No. 12 Wisconsin on the road. Wichita State improved to 9-0 after shooting 54 percent for the second half.

Shawn Glover led all scorers with 22 points, while Korey Billbury added 12 points, including six from the free throw line. D.J. Jackson added 10 points and tied Jorden Kaufman for a team high five rebounds.

ORU shot well in the first half (13-27, 48 percent), but could not sustain the effort, connecting on just 8-of-26 (30.8 percent) in the second half.

It was the other way around for the Shockers who recovered from a 22-percent effort (6-27) in the first half to hit 20-of-37 in the second frame. Wichita State also held a 46-29 advantage on the boards and 42-12 advantage in points in the paint.

Cleanthony Early led the Shockers with 16 points, while Chadrack Lufile added 14. Darius Carter had 12 points and Tekele Cotton chipped in 11.

“They showed why they are a top-10 team,” said Coach Scott Sutton. “I knew coming into the game that we would have to play a great game and make shots in both halves, and we would need some help from them. We got that in the first half and they didn’t shoot it very well but in the second half they played like a top-10 team.”

After giving up the opening basket of the game, ORU got four early points from Glover and a 3-pointer from Jabbar Singleton, to take a 7-2 lead.

It wouldn’t be until a 6-0 Shocker run that the home team would retake the lead, using the spurt to go up 18-15 with seven minutes to go in the half.

ORU answered right back with a 9-0 run and re-took the lead 24-18. In all, ORU closed the half on a 15-4 scoring run to take a 30-22 lead into the locker room after Glover hit a pair of free throws with less than a second on the clock. It was the only two free throw attempts for ORU in the half.

Wichita State quickly closed the gap using the 3-point shot. After going 0-7 in the first half, the Shockers hit three of their first four attempts in the second, opening up a 43-36 lead with 13 minutes to play.

ORU did what it could to hang in the game but couldn’t catch a break, and rebounding edge proved costly. With the shot clock winding down, Glover blocked a pair of shots underneath but on the third shocker attempt the ball fell through the hoop as the shot clock buzzer sounded giving WSU a 49-37 lead.

In all, WSU out-scored ORU 42-16 to start the second half and opened up its largest lead of the game, 64-46 with 4:46 to play.

ORU did not quit and cut it down to a 10-point game, 68-58 with a minute to play, but could not complete the comeback, falling 71-58.

ORU will take nearly a week off before returning to action on Friday, December 13, as the Golden Eagles host Missouri State at 7 p.m. inside the Mabee Center.  

For the latest information on ORU men’s basketball, follow @ORUMBB on Twitter or go to www.ORUGoldenEagles.com. For tickets visit mabeecenter.com or call 495-7ORU (7678).

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