The men’s basketball team finished its season with a loss to South Dakota State 73-70 during the first round of the Summit League tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Saturday night. The Golden Eagles finished 14-17 overall.
ORU led the Jackrabbits for 38:22 but could not close the final minute and a half after SDSU hit a three 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 for his final conference game with 15 points and five rebounds. Kris Martin, Javan White and Albert Owens all finished in double figures. Owens led the team pulling down nine boards.
The Golden Eagles got out to a hot start hitting eight of their first 11 shots, making four from downtown and leading by as much as 15. But they couldn’t hold onto the lead late in the second half after Brandon Conley and Owens fouled out.
SDSU was led by Mike Daum who had 26 points and eight rebounds. The South Dakota State team outrebounded ORU by a small 35-34 margin and only made eight points off nine ORU turnovers. The Jackrabbits, however, managed to get to the line where they went 24-31 compared to the Golden Eagles’ 10-18.
Emegano finishes his senior season 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 in two full seasons, he’s scored 1,367 points. He also ranks sixth in free throws made (433) and attempted (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.