FARGO, N.D. – Oral Roberts (7-13, 3-2) was unable to slow down a North Dakota State (10-8, 2-2) team that caught fire offensively as the Bison won Saturday’s matchup 82-64 at the Scheels Center.
Emmanuel Nzekwesi scored 23 points with eight rebounds and three steals. Sam Kearns had five of ORU’s seven assists and Javan White tied Nzekwesi for the team lead in rebounds with eight boards, including seven offensive rebounds.
ORU shot just 31 percent (20-63) from the field, but hung around thanks to 16 offensive rebounds. ORU was 6-23 (26 percent) from 3-point range and shot 90 percent (18-20) from the free throw line.
NDSU shot nearly 55 percent (29-53) for the game including a 53 percent mark (10-19) from 3-point range. The Bison hit 14 of 16 free throw attempts. NDSU out-rebounded ORU 34-33, the second straight game in which ORU has been out-rebounded.
ORU held a 21-7 advantage in second chance points but the Bison led 30-24 in points in the paint.