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ORU drops the rose against South Dakota

The Oral Roberts Men’s basketball team fell to South Dakota, 83-70, on Saturday at the Mabee Center in front of a Valentines Day crowd of 4,005.

The first half was full of back in forth scoring until a 17-0 run by South Dakota. It wasn’t until the six-minute mark that sophomore guard Aaron Young cracked the lid off the basket.

“It was really disappointing,” said Obi Emegano. “We didn’t play great, we didn’t play hard and we didn’t show any fight…we’ve got to correct it.”

ORU shot the ball poorly in both halves finishing the game at 37.1 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from the behind the arc. The Golden Eagles also were out rebounded by South Dakota 41-27.

Obi Emegano and Korey Billbury were the only two Golden Eagles to score in double figures with 19 and 11 respectively.

“You have to give South Dakota a lot of credit they hit some tough shots, especially early in the game,” Head Coach Scott Sutton said.

South Dakota shot the ball extremely well finishing above 50 percent from both the field and three point line.

With the loss, ORU lost its chances of winning the regular season championship and will compete for possibly the third, fourth or fifth place in the standings.

“I can’t figure this team out,” said Sutton. “We told them before the game that they controlled their own destiny when it comes to a conference championship and for them to come out and play like that is unacceptable and disappointing.”

ORU finishes the regular season with two road games against Omaha on Thursday and South Dakota State on Saturday.

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