The Oral Roberts University men’s basketball team defeated Tulsa to win the PSO Mayors Cup for the third consecutive year. The game concluded in exciting fashion with a game winner from Obi Emegano in route to his 26 points.
“We beat a very good basketball team today,” said Head Coach Scott Sutton. “I’m proud of our guys. This was a great college basketball game. We beat a very, very good basketball team.”
The game started off slow with neither team able to pull away from each other. Emegano was the lone player in double figures at the end of the first half with 17 points. No other Golden Eagle scored more than five points before the sound of the buzzer, but the second half was a different story. Sharpshooter Jalen Bradley ended his cold streak by scoring 10 points in the first five minutes of the second half. He finished the night with 13 points.
“This atmosphere and the rivalry just makes us compete,” said Obi Emegano. “This shot ranks number one for my career. I haven’t had too many game-winners, but I felt confident, had good rhythm and it went in.”
Emegano was the MVP of the night, but the unsung hero was sophomore center, Albert Owens. He finished the night with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks, and he hit a corner three to put his team in the lead 68-67 with 19 seconds left in the game. TU forced a foul and made one free throw, tying the game up. Emegano sprinted down the court to hit the go-ahead jumper to put ORU ahead for good.
“We ran a play for Jalen to shoot, but I got the ball, saw the shot-clock and thought why not,” said Owens. “I was just thinking, if I hit this, we win three years in a row.”
ORU will hold onto the Mayor’s Cup for the third consecutive year. This win also marks the third year in row this game has ended with the losing team scoring exactly 68 points.
The Golden Eagles are now 7-2 on the season and look to take the momentum back to the Mabee Center to face off against John Brown University, Dec. 9.
The team will host a toy drive at the Dec. 9 game. Any fan who donates a toy will receive two free tickets to the game.
Photos by Nikolai Stophel