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February 20, 2013

SOUTHLAND MEN'S BB: ORU blasts Central Arkansas

TULSA — Oral Roberts dominated from start to finish as they put away the Bears of Central Arkansas 94-65 Tuesday night at the Mabee Center.

ORU (17-10, 12-3 Southland) finished out its SLC home slate with seven-straight victories, and will finish the home schedule with Weber State on Saturday. Central Arkansas (9-16, 5-11 Southland) dropped its fifth-straight game with the loss.

The Golden Eagles also dominated the boards in a fast-paced game, grabbing 56 rebounds, the most on record since 1989 when they had 70 against LeMoyne-Owen. Turning those into 26 second-chance points, ORU used a balanced attack with six players scoring in double figures for the first time since 2011, including a pair of double-doubles. ORU posted the most points of the season, topping the 91 scored against Lamar.

Steven Roundtree's second double-double of the season, and first since November 24 against Belmont, led the way for the Golden Eagles as he grabbed 13 rebounds and poured in 13 points. Damen Bell-Holter recorded 11th double-double of the season and sixth in a row with 10 rebounds and a team-high 17 points. Warren Niles added 16 points while Shawn Glover returned after two games off with 14 points. Korey Billbury had 12 points and Mikey Manghum rounded out the offense with a season-high 11 points, including a 3-of-4 mark from behind the arc. Of the 11 players who saw the court, eight different players had at least three points.

LaQuentin Miles led the Bears with 14 points, while Jordan Harks and Jarvis Garner each added 12.  Harks led the way on the boards with six of the Bears' 38 rebounds.

Despite shooting 44 percent and scoring 50 points in the first half, ORU out-did itself in the second half, shooting 56 percent (18-32) in the second frame, leading by as many as 33 with just over five minutes to go.

"We finally, for the most part, put together 40 minutes and it is always fun to be able to play everybody, especially Caleb Tannehill and P.J. Purnell," said Coach Scott Sutton. "I thought Roundtree was close to himself in the second half. He played extremely hard, gave us a lot of energy, rebounded great and finally started finishing some shots. Overall, to have six guys in double figures and two guys have double-doubles, it was a really good team effort."

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