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Mens Basketball: Bearkat's streak ends against Oral Roberts, 61-65 in overtime

Sports Reporter

Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013

Updated: Saturday, January 19, 2013 21:01

Lizeth De La Garza| The Houstonian

Lizeth De La Garza| The Houstonian

HUNTSVILLE- Sam Houston State’s opening foul against Oral Roberts lingered throughout the game as the Golden Eagles shot for 84 percent at the line to close out SHSU’s winning streak in overtime 65-61.

SHSU committed 25 fouls throughout the game to send ORU to the line 31 times (26-31).

ORU pushed strong under the basket to take an early five point uncontested lead in the opening minutes of the first half. Freshman guard Paul Baxter broke SHSU’s dry spell with a fast break off a deflected ball to draw a shooting foul on the layup to sink the free-throw to tie the game at five.

SHSU’s top ranked three-point defense outmatched the Golden Eagles’ ranked three point offense holding ORU to one shot beyond the arc.

ORU made late first half breaks down court to close SHSU’s gap to 1 (17-16)

Junior guard Will Bond closed the first half with a buzzer beater three-point shot to break the tie, and give the Bearkats a 26-23 lead.

ORU came out of the tunnel strong to start the second half. Precise picks and opened seams allowed Eagle shooters to attack the paint and go on top of the Bearkats since the opening minutes of the first half.

Missed baskets under the rim and offensive rebounds riddled SHSU and allowed ORU to go up five.

SHSU closed the gap to two points (39-41), capitalizing under the basket with Marcus McKinney and James Thomas finding seems inside the paint.

McKay sank a 3 point shot after an ORU turnover to give SHSU an inbound pass for late game momentum and their first lead since halftime.

SHSU’s ability to win on defensive rebounds and sink late offensive fast breaks hindered ORU’S stretch to run away with a comfortable lead in the remaining minutes of the game.

With 3.7 seconds left in the game, ORU draws a foul and is able to tie the game at 55.

ORU took an early lead in overtime sinking early layups and free-throws. SHSU narrows gap to three, making four free-throws and securing defensive rebounds.

The Eagles’ closed out a victory with hard press defense and defensive rebounds in overtime to keep SHSU from scoring inside the paint.

SHSU will travel to Hammond, La. to square off against Southeastern Louisiana Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

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