Redshirt junior guard Obi Emegano scored a career-high 34 points to lead ORU to a 74-58 victory over the North Dakota State Bison on Thursday night at the Mabee Center.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” said Head Coach Scott Sutton. “I thought this was the best game we’ve played all season. Our chemistry was the best it’s been. It was a team win.”
The Golden Eagles improved their overall record to 16-13 overall and 9-6 in the conference play.
ORU won the game in dominating fashion despite not having guard Korey Billbury due to his suspension.
Sutton said postgame that Billbury will not be returning to the team this season. His future with the team will be reevaluated after the season ends.
“It’s going to be hard to fill in the void that he left [Billbury], but I just wanted to come in and play hard,” Obi Emegano said. “Tonight was about us rallying together, and we did that.”
ORU played stifling defense, holding the Bison to 36.4 percent shooting from the field.
“Our team defense was great,” said Sutton. “Our guys are feeling good, they’re practicing hard…they have a lot of confidence going into the tournament. If we can play like we did tonight, we’ve got a chance in Sioux Falls.”
On the opposite end, ORU shot particularly well from behind the arc finishing the game at 58.8 percent. Bobby Word came on in the second half to hit 4 threes and ended the game with 20 points.
The Golden Eagles hit 10 three pointers as a team during the game.
ORU finishes the regular season on Saturday against Denver at the Mabee Center. Denell Henderson and Adrion Webber will headline the senior class as the Golden Eagles celebrate Senior Night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.