TULSA — Unlike the past two games where the scoring has come almost completely from Niles and Bell-Holter, it was baskets from Manghum, Jake Llliteras and Brandon Conley that helped ORU open up a big first half lead.
After giving up the opening basket to the Bears, ORU rattled off 10-straight to go up 10-2 early before UCA answered with a 6-0 run. The Golden Eagles answered right back with another 10-0 streak to make it a 20-8 game, forcing Central Arkansas to call a second timeout less than 10 minutes into the game.
Another 8-0 run, including a pair of Manghum 3-pointers, helped ORU out-score the Bears 20-6 over a period of 5:32 to open up a 16-point lead at 30-14. The lead grew all the way to 25 after Bell-Holter, Manghum and Niles scored six-straight to take the half under a minute with ORU doubling up the Bears, 50-25.
Despite the Bears scoring the final two points of the first half, and the first two of the second half, the lead would not dip below 21 for the remainder of the game as the Golden Eagles cruised to the 29-point victory, the largest of the season against a Division I opponent.
The final home game of the year will be a non-conference contest as ORU hosts Weber State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Mabee Center. The ORU senior duo of Niles and Bell-Holter will be honored immediately following the game.