Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-1) vs. Oral Roberts (0-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 16th, 8:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) -- Stillwater, Oklahoma. Television: None. Home Record: UAPB 0-0, ORU 0-0. Away Record: UAPB 0-0, ORU 0-1. Neutral Record: UAPB 0-1, ORU 0-1. Conference Record: UAPB 0-0, ORU 0-0. Series Record: Oral Roberts leads, 6-0.
GAME NOTES: The Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts will meet this evening as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off from Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Yesterday's game against Oklahoma State marked the season opener for Arkansas- Pine Bluff, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Golden Lions lost their first 14 games last season and could not recover, so Tuesday's 73-46 beatdown at the hands of the Cowboys came as little surprise. The roster is rather experienced, and some talent does exist, but expectations are certainly tempered.
The Golden Eagles hope to avoid starting a season with three straight losses for the second year in a row. They dropped a hard-fought decision to West Virginia on the road in the opener and then blew a 15-point lead in last night's 78-77 setback to Texas-San Antonio. ORU is a Summit League member and a favorite to win the conference crown once again.
Oral Roberts owns a 6-0 series lead over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff figured to lean on Daniel Broughton in the paint against Oklahoma State in the opener, as he averaged 9.1 ppg last year and both have the potential to reach double figures this time around. Broughton reached that average with nine points against the Cowboys before fouling out, but that output simply wasn't enough for the team to avoid a lopsided defeat. The lone double-digit scorer for the Golden Lions was Savalace Townsend with 12 points, though his 5-of-16 shooting effort from the field left much to be desired. UAPB turned the ball over 16 times in the affair and connected on 31.1 percent of its field goal attempts, including a 3-of-15 showing from behind the arc. A 51-37 rebounding disadvantage also hurt the cause.
Oral Roberts jumped out to a 15-point lead over Texas-San Antonio last night and figured to cruise to victory in the second half. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, they connected on only 34.8 percent of their field goal attempts over the final 20 minutes, including a 1-of-11 showing from three- point range, and watched UTSA knock down a three-pointer at the buzzer to claim a dramatic win. Steven Roundtree did all he could to keep ORU close, as the forward poured in 22 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Warren Niles contributed 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Dominique Morrison tallied 17 points. Through two games, Morrison is scoring 19.0 ppg, but Niles checks in with 17.0 ppg.
Expect ORU to earn its first win of the season tonight. The Golden Lions have never beaten the Golden Eagles as mentioned, so there is no reason to expect a new trend this evening.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oral Roberts 78, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63
11/16 10:34:06 ET