NCAAB Game Recap - Oral Roberts at Oklahoma State
Wed Nov 6, 2019 8:00 PM EST

ND
65
UNC
76
F
UVA
48
Syr
34
F
Cin
56
OhSt
64
F
NoAZ
52
Ariz
91
F
WIGB
57
Purd
79
F
Wake
70
BC
77
F
IUPUI
47
Butl
80
F
Mercer
79
StJon
109
F
BrwP
35
GASt
104
F
(N/A)
68
BethC
110
F
(N/A)
50
ETSU
79
F
(N/A)
44
Morg
71
F
MtStM
68
GTown
81
F
(N/A)
52
Hamp
112
F
McNee
65
W MI
75
F
N AL
55
SCar
77
F
(N/A)
64
Maine
84
F
(N/A)
58
Kent
97
F
SJSU
79
Hof
71
F
NJIT
75
Colg
80
F
LoyLA
70
South
87
F
(N/A)
70
SFA
89
F
Charl
74
JMU
79
F
SeLA
55
Tul
76
F
FlaSt
61
Pitt
63
F
Oral
75
OkSt
80
F
LaTec
82
TXAMC
49
F
SEMO
65
Vand
83
F
NWSt
63
TexAM
77
F
(N/A)
51
SthAL
82
F
InWor
42
Mizzu
82
F
Belm
72
IlSt
79
F
ETXB
70
Gram
102
F
(N/A)
55
DeP
84
F
ARMon
49
ArkSt
65
F
(N/A)
71
NM
92
F
JackSt
62
UCSB
83
F
Mont
62
Stan
73
F
LongB
65
UCLA
69
F

Nov 6, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Oral Roberts (0-1)

30

45

75

Oklahoma State (1-0)

39

41

80

Likekele's 18 points help Oklahoma St. hold on to beat ORU
Thu Nov 7, 2019 12:12 AM

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Last year, with a very limited bench, Oklahoma State probably would have lost this game.

After squandering a 14-point lead midway through the second half, Oklahoma State, led by Isaac Likekele's 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists, held on for an 80-75 victory over Oral Roberts on Wednesday in the season-opener for both teams.

Lindy Waters added 15 points and six rebounds while Yor Anei contributed 13 points, 10 boards and eight blocks for the Cowboys, who won their 44th consecutive home opener.

"Last year, we lost a lot of games due to one or two plays and the five guys that were in at the end were the guys that were in at the end of games last year," Likekele said of Oklahoma State's returning starters (including Waters and Anei). "We're just trying to find ways to make those changes that actually gets us the result of winning instead of losing. Last year, I felt like all the mistakes and experience that we got, we learned from it."

While OSU coach Mike Boynton wasn't thrilled with how they let a big lead slip away, he believes that competing in close games in the final minutes will only help his team when Big 12 Conference play begins.

"I'm sure our fans won't like to see us play these possession games over the next two months, but I want as many of these, if we're going to win them, as we can have," said Boynton, whose team was 5-13 in the Big 12 and 12-20 overall last season. "I want to see these competitive battles. I want to have these situations come up that we can learn from now."

Deondre Burns scored 21 points to lead ORU, which made a late charge to get within one with 1:13 remaining. Emmanuel Nzekwesi scored 16 points - 14 in the second half - and added 13 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

"We are disappointed in the outcome of this game, but I'm proud of my guys," said Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills. "Down at the half, and down nine with nine to play, I told the guys, it's our job to hit singles, not home runs. I thought we eventually chipped away and got better."

Oklahoma State led 39-30 at halftime, and after Thomas Dziagwa's 3-pointer with 9:59 remaining, enjoyed a 58-44 advantage. But Oral Roberts kept fighting back, with Burns' pull-up 10-foot jump shot with 2:40 to go capping off a 16-5 run and getting the Eagles to within 68-67. The teams were neck and neck down the stretch, with ORU pulling to within one at 70-69 and 72-71 before several free throws in the final minute sealed it for Oklahoma State.

"We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds," Likekele said. "I don't want to discredit them at all, but it's a lot of things we did ourselves that changed it from a 14-point game, instead of going up to 20, only being up six. We had mental breakdowns that we got to fix."

BIG PICTURE

Oral Roberts: It wasn't supposed to be that close. After trailing by at least five points, and usually eight or more, for most of the night, the Golden Eagles kept battling back. It started with their defense through the middle of the second half, as Oklahoma State missed 10 consecutive shots during a 10-1 Eagles run that brought them to within 51-44 with 11:17 remaining.

Oklahoma State: With all five of their starters returning from last season, it seems strange to look at this as a new Oklahoma State squad, but virtually the entire bench is comprised of newcomers, and they looked pretty good for the most part. Freshman Keylan Boone led the OSU bench, scoring 11 points in just 10 minutes of action in his NCAA debut, while Avery Anderson had five points in his first game. Overall, the Cowboys looked like much more of a team than they did last season, when they used just seven players on most nights.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

After they had just three free throw attempts in the first half (1-for-3), ORU went to the line 23 times in the second half, shooting 19-for-23 for an overall percentage of 76.9% (20 of 26). Oklahoma State was 10-of-13 in the first half and 16-of-21 in the second (76.5 percent on 26-of-34 overall). After 16 total attempts in the first, there were 44 in the second.

HE SAID IT

"We obviously are making progress," Boynton said. "We still have a ways to go, in terms of sustaining our competitive focus, I would call it. I think we showed flashes at times, that we can be pretty electric in transition and execute pretty well, but we just aren't doing it consistently."

UP NEXT

Oral Roberts: The Golden Eagles are back home in Tulsa on Friday for their Homecoming game, taking on Houston Baptist.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys play at home on Saturday against Kansas City, a team from the WAC that was 11-21 last year.

Leaders

Oral Roberts PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Saunders 0 0 1 1 0 0
Oklahoma State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
H. Roessink 0 0 0 1 1 1
C. Harris Jr. 0 0 1 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Oral OkSt
Points For 75 80
Field Goals 24/71-34% 23/61-38%
Three Pointers 7/32-22% 8/24-33%
Free Throws 20/26-77% 26/34-76%
Offensive Rebounds 14 9
Defensive Rebounds 32 37
Rebounds 48 48
Blocks 2 12
Steals 10 8
Turnovers 17 21
Personal Fouls 27 23
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OkSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Nov 6 Oral 75 @ OkSt 80 E. Lufile 3 A. Anderson III 5

Game Information

Stadium: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Attendance: 7,319
Game Time: