Oral Roberts Breezes By Gents, 91-67
Thursday, February 3, 2005


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CC-ORU2 Box Score


Chad Maclies

Jarmorrow Moragne

SHREVEPORTA 50-minute delay to fix the height of the basketball goal was not enough to cool off the red hot Oral Roberts Golden Eagles as they flew past the Centenary Gents 91-67 in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening. The win was the sixth in seven games for ORU who improved its record to 17-5, 8-2 in Mid-Con play.

 

Centenary (2-18, 0-9) scored the first four points of the game on a jumper by David Tolefree and a driving basket by Jarmorrow Moragne. Oral Roberts answered with an inside bucket by Caleb Green and a three-pointer by Luke Spencer-Gardner to take the lead. Chad Maclies reeled off five consecutive points to help the home team regain the advantage at 9-6 before the Golden Eagles put together a 21-2 run over a six-minute span that began at the 14:26 mark.

 

Down by 16 points at 27-11 eight minutes before the intermission, Centenary began to battle its way back into the game. Tolefree hit a big three-pointer to stop the bleeding and the Gents ended the half on a 6-2 run highlighted by a Maclies break-away dunk to pull within nine at 38-29.

 

A missed dunk by ORU’s Matt Gastel late in the first half jarred the south goal, causing it to lower by inches. The change went unnoticed until the Gents began to warm-up with three minutes left in the intermission. The result was a 50-minute delay that sent both teams back to the locker room.

 

The opening minutes of the second half looked like a one-on-one contest as Maclies battled Green down low in the paint. The two forwards traded moves that resulted in the first 13 points of the half, six by Maclies and seven by Green. After a pair of free throws by Centenary’s Moragne, another Maclies tip-in brought the score within eight at 47-39. With a 12-point advantage, the Golden Eagle put the game out of reach with a 10-0 run over two minutes that put the visitors up by 22 points.

 

Oral Robert’s top-ranked offense in the Mid-Con that features two of the top six scorers in the league did not disappoint. The sophomore duo of Green and Ken Tutt paced the Golden Eagles with 23 points and 17 points respectively. Fifteen of Green’s points came on four fastbreak dunks and seven made free throws. Chris Riouse went 8-of-9 from the field including 5-of-6 from three-point range for 21 points while Jonathan Bluitt added nine assists without committing a single turnover.

 

Maclies picked up his sixth double double of the season for the Gents, finishing with a career and game-high 25 points to go with 11 rebounds. Moragne added 19 points in the loss backed by a perfect 10-for-10 effort from the charity stripe while Tolefree chipped in with a career-high 11 points.