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January 4, 2013

Area college basketball roundup


Phoenix Staff Reports

Men

ORAL ROBERTS 86, SE LOUISIANA 72 — Oral Roberts (6-7, 1-0)  played nearly a perfect offensive game in the first half, opening a 21-point halftime lead and cruising to an 86-72 victory over Southeastern Louisiana (2-9, 0-1) on the road in the first-ever Southland Conference contest for ORU.

 Damen Bell-Holter, who tallied his 14th career double-double and his first 30-point game, led all players with 35 points and 14 rebounds. Joining his efforts were Warren Niles (18), Shawn Glover (13) and D.J. Jackson, who tied a career high with 11 points, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts. Southeastern got 18 points from Roosevelt Johnson, 15 points from Dre Evans and 14 points from Brandon Fortenberry as the Lions hit seven 3-pointers in the game.



Women

ORAL ROBERTS 81, SE LOUISIANA 62 — Jaci Bigham finished with 14 points and 11 assists the first-ever Southland Conference contest for Oral Roberts (4-7, 1-0 SLC). Kevi Luper and Sarah Shelton each accounted for 18 points and Luper became the 48th player in NCAA Division I history to reach the 2,500 career-point mark. Southeastern (7-5, 0-1) was led by Aja Gibson and Jameika Hoskins with 12 points each.

AUBURN 50, ARKANSAS 47 — Arkansas shot just 27.1 percent for the game on 16-for-59 and struggled in the paint with just 10 points.   Quistelle Williams lead the Razorbacks with 13 points and eight rebounds.  Auburn was led by Tyrese Tanner with 15 points and Peyton Davis had 17 rebounds for the Tigers. Both teams are 12-2 after the SEC opener.

 TULSA 97, LANGSTON 35 — Six Tulsa players scored in double figures to lead the Golden Hurricane to a home win over Langston.  TU’s 97 points was just shy of the school record (98) set against East Central Oklahoma State in 1980.  Tulsa moved to 5-8 on the season, while the Lions fell to 2-9 overall. Taleya Mayberry led the Hurricane attack with 20 points, followed by Kelsee Grovey with 17, Loren McDaniel with 12, Ashley Clark and Mariah Turner with 11 points each, and Jasmine Vasquez added 10.