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Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
UMKC Hangs Tough, But Drops a 77-67 Decision to ORU
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:01/28/2012

(Tulsa, Okla.) - The UMKC Kangaroos closed to within two points midway through the second half, but in the end the league-leading Oral Roberts Golden Eagles closed out the win, 77-67 on Saturday night at the Mabee Center.

It was the 14th straight win in the series for ORU, and it extended the Golden Eagles overall winning streak this season to 13 games. It was also the 20th win in a row at home for ORU.

The Golden Eagles (20-4, 12-0 SL) were on top from the start in the opening half, jumping out to a 12-2 lead in the first four minutes. UMKC (9-15, 3-9 SL) shook off the rough start from there, playing ORU nearly even the rest of the way, and getting within four at the 11:33 mark. Oral Roberts bounced back quickly, and led by as many as 12 with 9:28 left. It led 36-25 at the break.

Both teams shot the lights out in the half, with ORU drilling 60 percent from the floor, and UMKC putting up a 50 percent clip. The Golden Eagles made and took five more shots in the half though, thanks in part to 11 UMKC turnovers.

Reggie Chamberlain led the 'Roos with eight first period points, while ORU's leading scorer was Dominique Morrison with 12 points. 

The second stanza started in favor of the Golden Eagles as well, this time pushing their lead to as many as 17 in the first 5:30, capped by a layup from Morrison to make it 49-32.

The Kangaroos didn't give up though, and started a 15-2 rally that took just three minutes. Chamberlain tallied six points during the run, while Kirk Korver capped it with a couple free throws at the 9:47 mark to make it 53-51.

Oral Roberts immediately answered though, and pushed the margin back to nine within two minutes. By the 6:18 mark it was a 12-point lead, and UMKC could get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

UMKC shot 49 percent in the game, but ORU hit for a blistering 60 percent in the contest, including 36 points in the paint. It was a sloppy game, as the teams combined for 32 turnovers (15 for UMKC) that turned into 44 points on the other end of the floor (21 for UMKC).

Trinity Hall led UMKC with 17 points, scoring 13 of those in the second half. Chamberlain finished with 16 points, while Thomas Staton had 15 and Korver had 13. No other 'Roo had more than two points. Morrison finished with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting for ORU.

The Kangaroos will play the last of a three-game road trip next Saturday when it heads to South Dakota for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

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