ORU holds on for 65-59 victory
Oral Roberts led by as many as 15 and held on for a 65-59 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in front of a homecoming crowd Saturday night.
Damen Bell-Holter led the way with his fourth 20/10 performance of the season, scoring a game high 23 and grabbing 10 rebounds for ORU (14-8, 9-1 Southland). It is the sixth double-double of the season for Bell-Holter. Warren Niles also added 20 points, hitting that mark for the 11th time this season. Although Shawn Glover’s streak of 20 points games came to an end with six points, Glover had a career high five blocks and added a team high four assists. The Lions (8-12, 6-4 Southland) were led by Dre Evans’ 17 points while Brandon Fortenberry scored 16.
“I was pleased we won but disappointed by how we finished the game,” said Coach Scott Sutton. “We talked a lot about our defense on Thursday night and I thought our defense was better until about five or six minutes to go in the game. When you get a team down 15 points on your home floor you have to put them away, you can’t allow them to get back in the game. We’ve done that over and over this year and it’s frustrating. Fortunately our seniors stepped up.”
ORU shot 40.7 percent (22-54) and SLU made 38 percent (20-52) of its shots. ORU held a slight 36-35 rebounding edge, and turned it over 12 times compared to the Lion’s 15 giveaways. SLU hit nine treys in the game, but ORU made up that advantage by getting to the line 25 times, hitting 18 of them to hold an eight-point advantage from the free throw line.
ORU will face Northwestern State Thursday and Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.