Oral Roberts Takes Down Houston Baptist

Thursday, February 13th 2014, 11:25 pm
By: News On 6

The Oral Roberts men's basketball team hit seven 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from beyond the arc en route to an 80-66 victory on the road at Houston Baptist on Thursday night at Sharp Gym.

Leading the long ball barrage for ORU (13-12, 7-5) was a 3-for-4 effort from Adrion Webber, who finished with 11 points. Bobby Word (8 points) and Jabbar Singleton (6 points) each added a pair of 3-pointers.

Shawn Glover led all scorers with 23 points, hitting 11 of his 15 shots, pacing ORU to a 55 percent (33-60) effort from the field in the win. It was the best ORU has shot for a game since a four-point loss at Wisconsin on November 23.

Glover also became the 31st person in school history to reach 1,000 points for their ORU career.

Korey Billbury added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Jorden Kaufman scored 10 points, two off his career high.

Houston Baptist was led by Rob Lewis, who scored 19 points. The Huskies played 12 players and 11 of them scored at least a point. Reveal Chukwujekwu led HBU with nine rebounds.

After scoring the game's opening points, ORU succumbed to a 7-0 HBU run, finding themselves in a hole early. The two teams traded baskets before ORU went on an 11-0 run of their own, including back-to-back baskets from Kaufman to make it 15-9. After that run, ORU would not trail again.

After being down 9-4, ORU out-scored the Huskies 27-7 over the next eight minutes and more than doubled up the Huskies late in the first half as a 3-pointer by Webber made it 31-15 with just over six minutes to go in the half.

HBU's Lewis took over from that point and hit a trio of 3-pointers, with only a Glover jumper in the middle, getting the Huskies back to within nine, 33-24. He continued to lead the HBU charge in the first half, scoring 12-straight points for the Huskies, getting his team to within eight at 35-27.

ORU was able to hold off the charge thanks to layups by Billbury and Glover, and took a 39-29 lead into the locker room.

After a 7-2 ORU run to start the second half, HBU made another run and cut it to a 46-35 ORU advantage before the Golden Eagles dialed in from long range again. Word and Webber both hit from beyond the arc, including a four-point play from Webber to push the lead out to 20, 60-40 with 12:10 to go in the game.

From there, the Golden Eagles were able to cruise to victory, running the winning streak to three games, matching the longest streak of the season.

The Golden Eagles will continue to head south to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.