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ORU Dominates Second Half in 82-59 Win over ACU

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 01/16/2014
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 ORU at Abilene Christian | Thursday, January 16, 2014                                 
 Team  1st H  2nd H  Total
 Oral Roberts  39  43  82
 Abilene Christian  39  20  59
 Glover - 25 points (10-16 FG) | Billbury 13 points |                     

ABILENE, Texas – A late first half run gave the Oral Roberts men’s basketball team the momentum and the Golden Eagles carried it through into a dominant second half en route to an 82-59 victory over Southland Conference newcomer Abilene Christian Thursday night at Moody Coliseum.

ORU (9-8, 3-1 SLC) was solid on both sides of the court, holding ACU (6-11, 0-3 SLC) to just 20 points and 19 percent (4-21) shooting in the second half.

The Golden Eagles shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half and got at least two points from 10 different players in that half alone. Shawn Glover led the way for ORU with 25 points, while Korey Billbury added 13 points. ORU out-rebounded the Wildcats 34-23 and used it to a 19-4 advantage in second-chance points

ACU was led by Julian Edmonson’s game-high 26 points, including a 10-for-10 mark from the free throw line.

“The second half I felt great,” said Coach Scott Sutton. “I thought our guys really did a tremendous job on the defensive end and did a good job of sharing the basketball.”

ORU took an early 5-2 lead after a 3-point play by Bobby Word, but then fell victim to an 11-0 ACU run that gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the half at 13-5.

The Golden Eagles would not stay down long and rattled off a 10-0 run of their own to re-take the lead at 15-13.

A battle for the rest of the half, ORU trailed by as many six, but scored the last six points of the half to tie the game at 39-39 on a Glover jumper as time expired.

The second half was all ORU as the Golden Eagles put together extended runs, including a 10-0 spurt, and out-scored ACU 20-4 to start the second half, opening a 59-43 lead.

ORU would continue to pull away and led by as many as 24 late in the game to earn the Southland Conference road victory.

ORU’s road trip will continue at Incarnate Word on Saturday, January 18 at 4 p.m.

For the latest information on ORU men’s basketball, follow @ORUMBB on Twitter or go to www.ORUGoldenEagles.com.



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