HUNTSVILLE, Texas — After jumping out to a 5-0 lead, ORU surrendered a 12-0 run to start the game. Even though the shots weren't falling early, ORU continued to force the ball inside and including an and-one possession for Billbury, 11 of the team's next 13 points came from the line as ORU climbed back to within one at 19-18.
One of the four first-half 3-pointers for SHSU put the Bearkats back up by five but ORU answered with baskets by Niles and Glover, and a free throw by Jackson to tie the game at 23-23, the first tie since the 16:21 mark when it was 5-5.
Will Bond hit his second 3-pointer of the half to give SHSU a 26-23 lead at halftime.
Niles completed a 3-point play to start the second frame and quickly tied the game at 26-26, and ORU would soon grab its largest lead of the game to that point at 30-27.
It would not remain the largest as ORU pushed it out to an eight-point advantage eight minutes into the second half, taking a 41-33 lead on a Niles layup, outscoring SHSU 18-7 in the second half to that point.
Sam Houston came roaring back and a 3-pointer by Jeremy McKay gave the Bearkats a 44-43 lead inside of nine minutes to play.
The game would remain close to the end of regulation with each team having a chance in the last five seconds to win the game. Glover tied the game for ORU with a free throw with 3.7 seconds left, and when he missed the second, the Bearkats got the ball with a chance to win the game but could not get a shot off, sending the game to overtime.
With ORU up three and less than a minute to play, DeMarcus Gatlin missed both free throws and ORU got the rebound with 31 seconds left.