ORU: Sweeps series with South Dakota
Emmanuel Nzekwesi with a nagging ankle injury, made 32 of its 57 field goal attempts and 8-of-20 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. The Golden Eagles also outscored South Dakota 40-24 in the paint.
“All we had to do was play together,” Obanor said. “And I think we did that.”
South Dakota led by six, its largest margin of the game, with 10 minutes to play in the first half before ORU outscored the Coyotes 14-4 over the next 4:26 to take a 32-28 lead. The Golden Eagles did not trail the rest of the way.
Triston Simpson led South Dakota with 20 points and nine rebounds.
ORU swept the regular season series against South Dakota and plays at North Dakota State at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Assists: Kearns 5, Jurgens 4, Malone 4, Weaver, Saunders. Blocks: Saunders. Turnovers: Kearns 3, Obanor 2, Lacis 2, Weaver, Smith, Jurgens, Saunders. Steals: Malone 2, Obanor, Weaver, Kearns, Saunders.
Assists: Simpson 5, Peterson 4, Umude 3, Kelley. Blocks: Umude 4. Turnovers: Umude 3, Kelley 3, Peterson 2, Burch-Manning, Johns, Armstrong, Jech. Steals: Peterson 2, BurchManning, Simpson, Johns.
ORU 44 42 South Dakota 39 33
Att.: 1,847. Technicals: None. — 86 — 72