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No. 1 Golden Eagles Face No. 4 Leathernecks in Summit League Semifinals

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 03/05/2012
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TULSA, Okla.-After a day off in Sioux Falls, S.D., top ranked Oral Roberts (27-5) will try to advance to the Summit League Championship game for the second time in second year in a row and the sixth time in the last eight years as they face the No. 4 Leathernecks of Western Illinois (16-13) on Monday at 6 p.m.

Monday's game will be broadcast live in the Tulsa area on KYAL-FM 97.1. Free audio, will be made available through www.ORUGoldenEagles.com. The game will also be broadcast by Midco Sports and picked up by Fox College Sports and will also be shown locally in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City area on Cox 3 (HD 703). The Summit League will also be video streaming the tournament through a subscription service. Fans can purchase a 24-hour tournament pass for $3.99 or a full tournament pass for $9.99.

Both teams earned a spot in the semifinals after dramatic last-minute finishes in the quarterfinals. For ORU, it was a made free throw and a block with less than a second left that sealed the victory, for WIU it was a rare four-point play in the final minute taking them from a 51-50 deficit to a 54-51 lead that they were able finish off at the free throw line. During the regular season, ORU won both meetings, taking the first meeting 71-70 in double overtime in Macomb. The Golden Eagles were able to pull away late in the second meeting, winning 61-51 inside the Mabee Center. ORU holds a 27-6 advantage all time over WIU, having won four straight meetings. The last time the two teams met in the tournament was a 60-53 ORU victory in 2006. 

Western Illinois started out the season as one of the league's hottest teams, jumping out to a 9-5 record overall and 4-2 in the Summit League with victories over North Dakota State and on the road at Oakland. The double overtime loss to ORU sent them on a three-game losing skid, as did a double overtime loss to Oakland on February 4. They earned the regular season sweep of North Dakota State to earn the #4 seed in the tournament, and finished off the three-game sweep of the bison in the first round of the tournament. A low-scoring offense that averages 62 points per game, the Leathernecks are led by Ceola Clark's 13.7 and Obi Emegano's 13.5 points per game. 


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