CORPUS CHRISTI — A couple of 5-0 spurts put the Islanders right back in the game and they tied it at 20 late in the half. A basket by Zane Knowles with 1:43 to play in the half gave the home team a one-point lead but Manghum hit his second 3-pointer of the half to give the Golden Eagles a 25-23 lead at the break.
Despite a concerted effort from the Islanders to keep the ball out of Bell-Holter's hands, he hit five of his six shots and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half, helping ORU's shooting percentage that suffered from a 2-of-11 mark behind the arc. The Golden Eagles finished the half 10-23 from the field overall and 16 of the team's 25 points at halftime came in the paint.
Bell-Holter continued to dominate in the second half, eight of the team's first 14 points, six of which came from the free throw line, helping ORU extend the lead to 10 points.
The lead would go all the way to 17 thanks to a 10-0 run for the Golden Eagles over the course of three minutes in the second half.
Again the Islanders would not go away quietly and free throws with less than four minutes to go made it a 10-point game again as Corpus Christi went on a 7-2 run. A 3-pointer by James King, his first shot of the game, made it a 10-point game again at 57-47 with 1:49 to play.
Despite hitting 17 of the first 18 free throw attempts, things got dicey for ORU down the stretch as they tried to put the game away from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles hit just 6 of the last 10 in the final 2:18, but hit enough to escape with the 64-52 victory.
ORU will face Sam Houston State on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. inside the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, Texas.