Redshirt junior guard Obi Emegano scored 28 points to lead the Golden Eagles to a 66-57 win at Western Illinois. The win puts ORU at 2-1 in conference play and 8-8 overall on the season.
“I think this is my 14th trip to Macomb and it’s always a grind so I’m just always happy to get out of here with a win,” said Coach Scott Sutton. “Our guys showed some toughness and maturity in the win.”
The game was an emotional one for Emegano, who began his collegiate career as a Leatherneck before transferring to ORU. Tonight marked the eighth time this season that Emegano has scored 20-plus points. He also went 14 for 16 at the free throw line.
The Golden Eagles earned the win despite three starters fouling out before the 4:30 point in the second half. Adrion Webber came off the bench in strong fashion, scoring 11 points and snagging eight rebounds. He hit two key free throws in the last 30 seconds to make it a three-possession game.
“I thought we had some guys step up, Adrion Webber was terrific in the second half,” Sutton said. “He made big play after big play, stepped up and made free throws.”
ORU didn’t shoot well from the field, connecting only on 17 of 50 shots. The men did get to the charity stripe well, collecting 28 free points in 36 attempts.
The Golden Eagles return home for two games in the upcoming week against Omaha, Wednesday, January 14, and IPFW on Saturday, January 17, at the Mabee Center. Tip-off on Saturday is set for 7 p.m.