Billbury paces ORU in victory

March 7, 2013

Korey Billbury had a career night with his first double-double in an ORU uniform as the freshman paced Oral Roberts in a 68-50 road victory over Lamar Saturday.

ORU moved to 18-12 (13-4 Southland) with the victory while Lamar fell to 3-26 (1-16 Southland).

Damen Bell-Holter had his eighth consecutive double-double in Southland play with 10 points and 13 rebounds but was overshadowed by the career high in points (17) and rebounds (13) from Billbury. Shawn Glover led all scorers with 19 points while Warren Niles chipped in 17.

“Korey was great. He was aggressive, he was confident, it was great to see him step up with confidence and hit a couple of threes in the second half. He has some intangibles that we’ve talked about and we need him to be more consistent, but he does a lot of great things; he plays hard, he plays with energy and plays with passion and those things are hard to teach,” said ORU coach Scott Sutton. “Offensively I thought we did a decent job but we still missed some shots and we didn’t convert from the free throw line, but it was better. Our guys did some good things tonight.”

The Golden Eagles shot 43.6 percent (24-55) from the field and hit five of eight attempts from three after hitting just one of eight attempts in the first half.

Lamar was led by Donley Minor’s 15 points and Stan Brown’s 13 points and nine rebounds as the cardinals shot 36 percent (20-55) for the game, well short of the 50 percent they poured in during the first meeting.

ORU will have a week to prepare for the regular-season finale as they travel to Conway, Ark., to face Central Arkansas on Saturday at 4 p.m.