Nzek­wesi pow­ers ORU to vic­tory in home opener

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Em­manuel Nzek­wesi led five Oral Roberts play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures Fri­day night to help off­set the 40-point out­burst of South­west­ern's Cameron Hunt and the Golden Ea­gles rolled in their home opener 79-62 in front of 2,157 at the Mabee Cen­ter.

Nzek­wesi, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound ju­nior for­ward, racked up a dou­ble­dou­ble with 24 points and 12 re­bounds. He also had three blocked shots.

Sam Kearns scored 14 points on 4-of-9 shoot­ing from 3-point range and grabbed seven re­bounds, and Car­los Jur­gens, Ai­den Saun­ders and Kae­len Mal­one chipped in 11 points apiece for ORU (1-1).

Hunt was 14-of-20 from the field, in­clud­ing 5-of-6 on 3-point­ers, and scored 40 points for the Mound­builders (3-1), an NAIA school in Win­field, Kansas.

As­sists: Hunt 2, Smith 1, Hamm 1, An­der­son 1, White 1, McGroarty 1. Blocks: Baker 2, Mills 1. Turnovers: Hunt 7, Sewell 2, Hamm 1, An­der­son 1, Mills 1, Baker 1. Steals: Pratt 1, Smith 1, Hunt 1, Ekiko 1.

As­sists: Kearns 6, Saun­ders 4, Mal­one 2, Weaver 1. Blocks: Nzek­wesi 3, Smith 2, Saun­ders 1, Lacis 1, Ahmedic 1. Turnovers: Smith 3, Nzek­wesi 3, Jur­gens 3, Kearns 1, Ahmedic 1. Steals: Jur­gens 3, Lacis 2, Kearns 1, Saun­ders 1.

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