The Golden Eagles are in the final stages of the season. They are trying to overcome a ten-game stretch in which they lost seven games.
ORU started the season 8-2 highlighted by a nail-biting win over in-town rival Tulsa in the annual PSO Mayor’s Cup. ORU needed every second against the Golden Hurricane. They beat Tulsa 70-68 with a last second shot by Obi Emegano.
The momentum was short lived. The team went 4-12 between Dec. 5 and Feb. 10, and currently hold seventh place in the Summit League standings.
The Golden Eagles are looking to right the ship before the conference tournament next month. In years past, the only Summit League team to make the NCAA tournament has been the conference cham- pion. The team will have to undo the recent string of costly fourth quarter collapses and bad habits to make a run at the conference championship.
ORU will look to the senior leadership of Obi Emegano to further the chances of a postseason run. “It’s about trying to win as many games as we can and turn this program around,” said Emegano. Emegano will not be able to do it all by himself.
The young players on the team will have to step up and contribute down the stretch.
“There are things about the game that they’re not so aware of, and I think it’s my job to help them with the little nuances of the game and where to be,” said Emegano.
Head Coach Scott Sutton has reiterated the high quality of players on his roster despite the current growing pains.
“This is a good group of guys. They’re high character guys,” said Sutton. “They’re fun to be around. Their attitudes, their effort, that’s a positive, and it will allow us to get out of this slump.”
The Golden Eagles will play tomorrow night against Western Illinois at the Mabee Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Story by Grant Holcomb, Photos by Wyatt Bullard