ORU defeated Rogers State in their second and final preseason game by a final score of 90-66 Wednesday at the Mabee Center.
The Golden Eagles led wire-to-wire with big nights from Shawn Glover (20pts/5rebs/2asts) and Obi Emegano (23pts/1reb/3asts).
The Golden Eagles, led by Emegano with 15 points and 2 assists in 15 minutes of play, finished the half shooting 50 percent from the floor. Rogers State struggled from the field shooting 31 percent contributing to a halftime lead of 46-29 for ORU.
“You saw the real Obi tonight. He’s a terrific player and a terrific scorer,” Sutton said. “I’ve said before, he’s one of the best mid-range shooters in America and he showed that tonight.”
Shawn Glover was in complete control to start the second half. Rogers State had no answer for Glover, who scored 12 of his 20 points in the first 12 minutes of the second half. At 6’7, 215lbs, Glover’s frame allows him to get any shot he wants around the rim.
“Shawn’s a great scorer, one of the best scorers in the country,” Emegano said. “He can get his shot anywhere, and whenever he wants. Scoring is not going to be a problem for him.”
Adam Glenville’s three-pointer gave the Golden Eagles their largest lead of the night at 89-60. The win for ORU takes their exhibition record to 24-0 dating back to 2002.
Up next is the season opening PSO Mayor’s Cup against the University of Tulsa. The Golden Eagles suffered one of the most disappointing losses last year to the Golden Hurricanes who overcame a double-digit lead to beat ORU on their home floor.
“I think our guys feel the same way I do in that we let one slip away last year. It was just a devastating loss, and it was hard to swallow. Give them [Tulsa] credit for coming back and winning that game.” Sutton said.
Obi Emegano, who had to sit out last year after transferring, had this to say about having to watch that game from the bench.
“It was a tough loss after the guys prepared so hard,” said Emegano. “I know it means a lot to ORU; the team and the fans. It hurt to lose that lead, but we’re just trying to go out there and play the best we can and take advantage of the next game.”
Tulsa won the first ever meeting between these two schools on March 4, 1974, and lead the series 32-16.
“It’s always a fun game to be apart of, and we’ve had some great games throughout the years,” Sutton said.
The next chapter in this 39 year-old rivalry will be written this Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa.