The men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota over the weekend for the Summit League tournament where the 2015-2016 season came to an end.
The men’s basketball team finished with a loss to South Dakota State 73- 70 during the first round of the tourna- ment Saturday night.
The Golden Eagles got off to a hot start, hitting eight of their first 11 shots and led by as much as 15 points. ORU was up for 38:22, but could not close the final minute and a half after SDSU hit a three-point shot to make it a single possession game.
“They handled the pressure and made plays and we didn’t,” said Head Coach Scott Sutton. “I thought our zone was good but we gave up a couple of offensive rebounds. You get those and it’s probably a different ballgame. We will be kicking ourselves all offseason because that’s a game we played well enough to win and in some ways probably should have won.”
Obi Emegano led the team with 15 points and five rebounds. Kris Martin, Javan White and Albert Owens all fin- ished in double figures. Owens led the team pulling down nine boards.
SDSU outrebounded ORU by a small 35-34 margin but managed to get to the line where they went 24-31 com- pared to the Golden Eagles’ 10-18.
Emegano finishes his career sixth in the nation with 23.4 points per game. He had 669 points in this season alone, ninth in ORU history for a single season and has scored 1,367 points in two full seasons. He also ranks sixth in free throws made (433) and attempt- ed (530). The 81.7 percent from the line ties him for seventh in the record books.
Conley finishes his senior season with a field goal percentage of 57.6, the second highest in ORU history.
The women’s basketball team completed its season with a 78-61 loss to South Dakota in the Summit League semifinals Monday afternoon.
“South Dakota played aggressively, physically and every other way. We didn’t meet that at the start of the game today,” said head coach Misti Cussen. “I think when you dig yourself a hole on the scoreboard against a very good team, I think many times you can’t overcome that.”
The Golden Eagles, led by Jordan Doyle and Maria Martianez with 13 points, shot only 37 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three point line.
South Dakota outrebounded ORU 46-25 and blocked four shots.
The loss comes after the Golden Eagles defeated Western Illinois 68-55 in a record breaking game on Sunday.
Kaylan Mayberry had a career high 33 points, the most for an ORU woman in tournament play. Blair Bryce had 17 rebounds in the quarterfinal game against WIU.
The Golden Eagle women finished 14-16 overall after struggling at the beginning of the season.
“We’ve got a young group that’s going to move us forward, and that’s how our focus is at season’s end, using it as a springboard toward our future,” said Cussen.
Story by Jadyn Watson-Fisher, Photo by Wyatt Bullard