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Men’s basketball snaps losing streak, defeats NDSU 66-65

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The ORU men’s basketball team snapped its seven game skid with a 66-65 win against the North Dakota State Bison on Saturday.

“It feels really good to snap a seven game losing streak,” said Albert Owens. “I know in the locker room, a lot of guys were saying they had never experienced something like this before. Especially with all the young guys, to get out of that lull was really good for our team.”

Obi Emegano, who returned after being out two games with a concussion, and Owens led the team with 13 points each. Brandon Conley posted 12 points, six rebounds and two assists. Two other Golden Eagles posted double figures.

The game was a close one, coming down to a missed NDSU shot at the final two seconds to give ORU the win.

The ORU men shot 26-57 from the field and 5-16 from downtown. They also only committed nine turnovers, compared to the 22 in their previous game against Denver.

NDSU outrebounded the Golden Eagles 39-30, but ORU was able to convert 14 Bison turnovers into 12 points.

“We made it a lot harder on ourselves than it should’ve been,” said head coach Scott Sutton. “Give North Dakota State credit, they battled and never gave up. Fortunately, we had something good go our way finally. This team needed a win.”

Brandon Conley said the large number of students at the game assisted in the win.

“I think they helped a lot. They give us more energy and hype.”

The Golden Eagles go back on the road to face IUPUI on Thursday, Jan. 14 and Western Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 16. The team will return home on Thursday, Jan. 21 to play South Dakota State.

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