, Muskogee, OK

November 27, 2013

ORU edges Bowling Green

Phoenix wire reports

CANCUN, Mexico- Oral Roberts erased an 11-point second-half deficit and hit shots down the stretch to beat Bowling Green 63-56 in the Mayan Division championship game at the Cancun Challenge on Wednesday.


ORU improved to 4-3 on the season while Bowling Green dropped to 2-4.

 Shawn Glover was named the Tournament MVP and Korey Billbury was named to the Mayan Division All-Tournament Team. Joining the ORU duo was Cameron Black and Anthony Henderson from Bowling Green, Jordan Downing from Presbyterian and Jelani Hewitt from Georgia Southern.


Glover averaged 25.5 points and five rebounds per game for the two games in Cancun, while Billbury added 19 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, leading ORU to the first mid-season tournament championship on record since 1996 when ORU went 2-0 in the KYLT/Coca-Cola Classic in Missoula, Mont.


On Wednesday, Glover led all scorers with 27 points, hitting 9-of-10 from the free throw line, including all four attempts in the final 15 seconds after BGSU had cut it to a three point game. Glover also led the team with six rebounds. Billbury added 17 points and five rebounds, including three offensive boards, while Adrion Webber hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.


Henderson and Spencer Parker each had 12 points to pace the Falcons, while Black had 10 points and 13 rebounds.