Pearson is the Key to ORU's NCAA Chances

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:34 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Feb 27, 2011 8:20 PM CDT

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles have plenty of weapons. Dominique Morrison is a sniper and a fan favorite. Damen Bell-Holter is the giant from Alaska with an enviable post game. Steven Roundtree is an up-and-comer who rebounds like a maniac. <br/><br/>All three will be relied upon heavily if ORU is going to win next week&rsquo;s Summit League tournament in South Dakota. They were a big part of why the Golden Eagles own the No. 2 seed in the league&rsquo;s championship chase.But they aren&rsquo;t the most important players on the floor for the navy and gold. <br/><br/>To me, that&rsquo;s point guard Roderick Pearson. <br/><br/>He&rsquo;s playing like an all-star and making his teammates better. Over the past eight games, all wins mind you, he&rsquo;s kicked his game up to another notch. <br/><br/>Pearson is averaging 9 points, 2.5 rebounds (huge for a shorter guard) and 3 assists per game. He&rsquo;s creating his own shot, getting the ball in the aforementioned trio&rsquo;s hands, and playing blanketing defense against the rest of the league&rsquo;s ball handlers. <br/><br/>Against North Dakota State, Saturday&rsquo;s opponent in the Summit League first round game, he scored a season-high 18 points. He followed that up with a new season-high mark of 20 on the road in a 102-81 blowout of UMKC. <br/><br/>He&rsquo;s getting better when it matters most. <br/><br/>How about back-to-back six assist games during the team&rsquo;s winning streak? Clutch as can be. <br/><br/>He&rsquo;s playing bigger when it matters most.<br/><br/>He&rsquo;s also playing big minutes, over 25 a night this month.<br/><br/>He&rsquo;s carrying the load when it matters most. <br/><br/>Sure, Dominique is the man with the sweet stroke. He will get his. Bell-Holter will hold his own in the paint and Roundtree will continue to play well his rookie year. <br/><br/>But, don&rsquo;t overlook the importance of Pearson.