The Golden Eagles dug themselves quite a hole and couldn’t escape it as Omaha defeated the Golden Eagles 85-79 Saturday night.
Jalen Bradley drained a deep three pointer to give the Golden Eagles a one point lead with 4:30 remaining in the game, but Omaha kept their foot on the gas pedal. The defense for ORU struggled during crunch time as the Mavericks scored 15 points in the final five minutes.
“That was my fault,” said head coach Scott Sutton. “We wanted to press, but we didn’t want to foul. I should have went to zone. They did a nice job clearing the ball out and the guy took Jalen one on one and made the basket.”
The Mavericks got balanced scoring with four of their five starters in double digits. Guard Devin Patterson was the difference in the game scoring 21 points in the game and made four key free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
“We didn’t play hard enough because we dug ourselves into a hole in the first half and it was hard to come back,” said senior forward Brandon Conley. “But we did fight and showed that we care about this season.”
Obi Emegano led the way for the Golden Eagles. Emegano scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Conley added 16 points and four rebounds while Javon White and Jalen Bradley both had 10 points.
The next home game for the men’s basketball team will be Thursday, Jan. 28 when the Golden Eagles take on IPFW at the Mabee Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.