TULSA, OK—Oral Roberts shot 56 percent from the floor and placed all five starters in double-digits as the Golden Eagles flew past IUPUI, 92-74 on Thursday night inside the Mabee Center. Freshman forward Steven Roundtree scored 21 of his career-high 27 points in the first half and Dominique Morrison added 21 in the win.
Junior Alex Young, The Summit Leagues top scorer coming in, led three Jags in double-figures with 26 and senior Leroy Nobles added 15.
"You cant allow your opponent to shoot 56 percent and expect to win. You cant give up 57 first half points and expect to win," IUPUI Head Coach Ron Hunter said. "Defensively, we just didnt show up tonight. Scott (Sutton) has his guys well prepared and they took it to us in the first half. We never really recovered after that."
The Jaguars defense wasnt even in the building in the first 20 minutes as ORU (16-14, 12-5 Summit) torched the Jags for 57 points and hit 64.5 percent from the floor. Roundtree, a 6-foot-8 freshman, matched his career-high in the scoring column by halftime and Morrison added 15 including a 26-foot three at the final horn to make it 57-40.
IUPUI (17-13, 11-6 Summit) tried to come back, but the hole proved to be much too great. Trailing 65-44 early in the second stanza, Young sparked a 9-0 run with a three from the top of the key to start the rally. After the teams traded a plethora of turnovers, junior Christian Siakam kept the momentum on the side of the Jaguars with a three-point play over ORU reserve big man Tim Morton.
Young connected on another three with just under 15 minutes left, making it 65-53. However, ORU responded with a modest 7-0 run, fueled by putbacks from Roundtree and Damen Bell-Holter. The bigger Golden Eagles outrebounded IUPUI 40-23 overall and 17-7 off the offensive glass. Roundtree led the way with 12 caroms while Bell-Holter added eight.
The ORU interior play led to a 27-10 edge in second chance points and 44-24 scoring advantage in the paint.
"When a team shoots 56 percent and then goes and rebounds 17 of their own misses, youre going to lose. Plain and simple," Hunter said. "We just didnt put a body on them and they made us pay. That's a matter of effort and I didn't think we came close to matching their intensity on the glass."
IUPUI pulled within 11 points twice in the final seven minutes, but was never able to cut the ORU lead back to single-digits.
After five early ties and six lead changes, ORU methodically pulled away in the first half with Roundtree, Morrison and sophomore sharpshooter Warren Niles leading the way. The Golden Eagles hit 6-of-9 first half treys, all coming from Morrison and Niles. When ORU wasnt scoring from the perimeter, it was Roundtrees array of putback and slashing buckets putting points on the board.
Roundtree, The Summit Leagues top scoring freshman, hit 10-of-12 shots and 7-of-8 at the free throw line in the win. Niles finished with 18 and Bell-Holter added 13. Roderick Pearson closed with 11 points and five boards running the point.
Young scored an efficient 26, hitting 10-of-18 shots and 4-of-8 from three. Nobles was just 3-of-7 from the floor, but hit all eight of his free throw attempts and Siakam scored 13 before fouling out with 4:31 left. The junior was 6-of-8 from the field and swatted three shots.
IUPUI shot 46 percent from the floor and made 7-of-20 (35 percent) from three-point range.
With the win, ORU swept the regular season series with the Jaguars and sits in the catbird seat for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Summit League Tournament. The Jags will likely be the No. 3 seed at the eight team event. The loss was IUPUIs seventh-in-a-row to the Golden Eagles inside the Mabee Center as the Jaguars havent left victorious since a double overtime thriller in February 2004.
The win also extended ORU's current winning streak to seven straight, marking the longest current streak in the league.