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Eagles savor post-season success

ORU's men's basketball team savor post-season success.Despite losing in the Southland Conference Tournament, ORU’s men’s basketball team wasn’t finished with the season yet.

The Golden Eagles participated in the collegeinsider.com tournament and finished by adding two wins to their season.

ORU’s first round matchup was a game on the road against UT Arlington. The team broke an 11-game postseason losing streak with an 84-76 victory.

Free throws made the difference late in the game for the Golden Eagles.

UTA was able to cut a 20-point lead down to seven, but each time ORU responded to keep control of the game.

Of the 84 points ORU scored, 30 of them came from the free throw line and 25 of those came in the second half.

Freshman point guard DJ Jackson was a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line. Senior Damen Bell-Holter went 9-12.

Head coach Scott Sutton was happy with his team’s performance, and said that this was how he “envisioned this team being able to play.”

“I knew they [UTA] were very capable of making a comeback,” Sutton said. “I thought our guys did a good job of keeping them at a distance.”

ORU’s next game was at home versus UC Irvine. Hot shooting and solid defense helped ORU open up an 11-point lead at halftime.

A 10-2 run to start the second half allowed ORU to cruise to a 76-62 win.

Jackson said after the game that there was no pressure on the players, and the team was having fun.

The win gave ORU its second consecutive 20-win season and tenth home win of the season.

Forward Steven Roundtree recorded his third double-double in four games, with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

The third game for ORU was a rematch of the ESPN Bracketbuster against Weber State.

Unfortunately, ORU’s season came to an end with a loss, 83-74. ORU kept the game close most of the way, but it slipped away at the end.

The game ends the successful careers of seniors Warren Niles and Bell-Holter.

Niles finished his career eighth in career points at ORU with 1,984.

Bell-Holter finished fifth in career rebounds with 878 and fourth in career blocks with 139.

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