After a first-round victory over McNeese State, the Golden Eagles’ season fell short in a 70-61 loss to Sam Houston State at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. Sam Houston State was fueled by hot shooting and big contributions from Kaheem Ransom and Jabari Peters. The Golden Eagles were led by Korey Billbury who scored 20 points with seven rebounds, while Shawn Glover scored 14.
ORU won the rebounding edge 29-25, but 45 percent shooting from the field and 28 percent from the 3-point line cost the Golden Eagles a trip to the next round.
“They made shots and we didn’t,” Head Coach Scott Sutton said. “Give them a lot of credit; they had a lot to do with us not making shots. Twelve days ago we shot a ton of free throws and made a ton of free throws and tonight we only got to the line 14 times. That’s just the way the officials called it and you’ve got to adjust and we didn’t do a good job of that tonight.”
Kaheem Ransom paced the Bearkats with 19 points and Jabari Peters had 17 points. Paul Baxter, along with Ransom and Peters, had three three-pointers that pushed Sam Houston over the edge.
“Anytime you lose in the tournament it is a tough loss, but give credit to Sam Houston State, when they make shots like that they are hard to beat,” Sutton said. “I didn’t envision a team being able to come in and shoot like that in their first game.”
The Golden Eagles ended the season with a 17-16 record overall as they exit the Southland Conference after just two years, and head back to life in the Summit League for the 2014-2015 season. ORU will rejoin the Summit League without senior All-Conference forward Shawn Glover.
Glover recorded a career-high 32 points against Northwestern State at home on Jan. 25. He finished the year averaging 21.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game, and appeared in all 33 games for the Golden Eagles this season. Glover was named to the 2013-2014 Southland Conference First-Team.