Trojans fall short in double-OT against ORU

Little Rock (LR) men’s basketball fought back from an 11-point deficit in the first half to force overtime against Oral Roberts (ORU). However, the Trojans rally fell short in the second overtime as ORU captured an 74-66 victory at the Jack Stephens Center Saturday evening.

Sophomore guard Andre Jones led LR as he recorded a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Anthony Black also recorded a career high with 14 points and four steals for the Trojans.

The Trojans struggled from the floor, shooting just 36.4% while going four for thirty from the three point line. Also, LR were out-shot at the free-throw line, going 6 for 11 compared to ORU’s 16-28.

The first half was a tale of turnovers as the Trojans and the Golden Eagles combined for 23 together, while only scoring 41 points. Little Rock seemed to find its energy at halftime, opening the second half on a commanding 8-2 run.

A 8-0 run by the Trojans tied the game at 49-49 with 4:14 left to go in the ball game, with the Trojans not able to convert on their final opportunity of the second half as time expired, leaving the game tied at 54 apiece at the end of regulation.

After falling behind by three points in the first overtime period, the Trojans used a 4-0 run to pull back in front by one, 63-62 with 1:23 remaining. After another Golden Eagles basket, freshman forward Damir Hadzic went 1-2 from the free throw line with five seconds remaining to force a second overtime.

The second overtime seemed to exhaust the Trojans as they were outscored 10-2 in the final five minutes as ORU took the victory 74-66. Oral Roberts was led by Javan White with a double-double, 18 points and 20 rebounds, while Albert Owens added 19 points.

It was the second game in three days for the men’s Trojans as they overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the UCA Bears 71-65 Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans will play the next five games away from the Jack Stephens Center, starting Dec. 9, as the Trojans play away to Central Arkansas. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m.

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