South Dakota State dominated offensively and gave the Golden Eagles all they could handle as they defeated ORU 86-74 Thursdsg night.
The Jackrabbits torched the Golden Eagles in the second half shooting an incredible 58 percent from the field. The team was also lethal from behind the arc knocking down seven three pointers.
“I’m extremely disappointed. Not the loss, because they [South Dakota State] are a really good basketball team. I think they showed tonight why they were picked to win the league,” said head coach Scott Sutton. “Our effort tonight was extremely disappointing, because this was a huge game.”
The Jackrabbits were led offensively by guard George Marshall. Marshall scored a team-high 18 points and was locked in from deep knocking down four three pointers. Forward Mike Daum added 15 points off the bench.
“We’ve had slow first halves all season and with a team as good as South Dakota State, you can’t do that,” said redshirt senior guard Obi Emegano. “You gotta play 40 minutes. They played good basketball and we didn’t, it’s that simple.”
The Golden Eagles got solid offensive production in the second half, but it was not enough. Emegano scored a game-high 20 points and six rebounds. Freshmen Kris Martin and Javan White dropped in 17 and 16 points, respectively. White’s 16 points are a new career-high.
“It’s desperation mode now,” said White. “I think every guy needs to take a look in the mirror and decide what we want to do this season. This was a game we needed to have and we didn’t get it.”
The next home game for ORU will be Saturday, Jan. 23 when the Golden Eagles take on Omaha at the Mabee Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.