Free Throws Lift Oral Roberts Over Gents
Saturday, February 2, 2008

TULSA, Okla.—The Centenary men’s basketball team limited Oral Roberts to 32 percent shooting on its home court on Saturday, but the Golden Eagles still defeated the Gents 73-62. The win extended ORU’s unbeaten streak to 10 games in Summit League play.


Centenary (9-13, 3-7 Summit) outshot Oral Roberts 91 percent to 76 percent from the free throw line on the night, but the percentages were insignificant compared to the actual number attempted for both teams. The Gents were 11-of-12 from the charity stripe with 32 team fouls against while the Golden Eagles were 38-of-50 with 18 fouls committed.


The 27-point disparity at the free throw line was more than the Gents could overcome.


The first half sealed the game for Oral Roberts as the home team shot a meager 25 percent from the field, going 7-of-27, but sank 22-of-30 from the free throw line to hold an 11-point lead at the break. Centenary went 4-for-4 from the stripe in the opening period. The second half was played to a 36-36 tie.


The Gents battled back from a 10-2 early disadvantage to move ahead at 18-17 with 9:11 remaining in the first half after a Tim Price block led to a layup by Lance Hill. But ORU would score 14 consecutive points from the free throw line over a three-minute span to take what was a one-point game with 3:26 to go to the double-digit halftime deficit.


Oral Roberts (15-5, 10-0 Summit) weathered an 8-1 Centenary run midway through the second half to hold on to the win. The Gents rally made the score 57-51 with 8:05 left after Tyrone Hamilton scored six straight points and Price sank a jumper. Centenary would not get closer than that the rest of the game.


Hamilton finished with a team-high 18 points. Hill scored 15 points and Nick Stallings collected 10 points and eight boards in the loss. Price tallied a career-high seven rebounds for the Gents.


Moses Ehambe pumped in 20 points for the victorious Golden Eagles. Robert Jarvis (12), Yemi Ogunoye (11), Shawn King (11), and Adam Liberty (10) all scored in double figures as well.


The Gents will host IPFW and Oakland next Thursday and Saturday respectively in the Gold Dome.