Manghum's Career Night, Craion's Double-Double Lead ORU Past South Dakota, 97-64
Mikey Manghum hit six of his seven shots, including all six 3-pointers for a career-high 18 points, while Michael Craion added 18 points and 10 rebounds in Oral Roberts' 97-64 blowout win over South Dakota, Thursday night. The victory extends ORU's home winning streak to 19, overall winning streak to 12, and regular season conference winning streak to 18, two short of tying the Summit League Record.
ORU (19-4, 11-0) had five players score in double figures, with Steven Roundtree adding 17 to Manghum's career night and Craion's team-high 12th career double-double. Warren Niles and Dominique Morrison had 11 and 10, respectively, despite South Dakota's (7-13, 2-9) drastic measures to keep them from scoring.
"At the beginning of the game they were playing a triangle-two (defense) to take me and Warren out of the game," said Morrison. "As a team everyone else has to step up and make shots and that's what they did. It ended up costing them because Mikey hit six three's and everyone else played better."
The Golden Eagles shot 34-60 (56.7 percent) for the game and held USD to just a 25-55 (45.5 percent) shooting effort, while also forcing 24 Coyote turnovers and turning those into 37 points. ORU also dominated in the paint with a 36-26 rebounding edge and a 44-24 advantage in the paint. ORU posted 21 assists in the game, with Manghum leading the charge with four. All nine players who suited up for ORU saw at least 11 minutes of action and recorded at least one assist, including three by Robert Aery, who set career highs in points (6), field goals (2) and 3-pointers (2) in the game.
The 97 points matches the highest point total of the season, previously hit in a 97-75 victory against South Dakota State and is the second 90-plus game in a row. The 33-point victory is the largest in a conference game since beating UMKC by 35 (89-54) on January 22, 2009.
Charlie Westbrook had 23 points on a 10-14 shooting night to lead South Dakota, while Trevor Gruis had 11 points.
"Very, very proud of Mikey Manghum," said Coach Scott Sutton. "Obviously their game plan was to take Warren and Dominique out of the game and they did a pretty good job but Mikey came in and I just enjoyed watching him make shot after shot after shot. I think this is the most unselfish team we've had. It says a lot when you have five guys who were picked as first or second team all-league players. For those guys to be able to play together and not have any egos and not worry about who is scoring points says a lot about them. That's a big reason we have won 12 straight games."
It was all Manghum early as he hit all six of his 3-point attempts in the first 11 minutes of the game. Manghum's 18 early points equaled the total put up by South Dakota at the time after back-to-back treys put ORU up 29-18.
Jake Lliteras ran through a pass with just over five minutes to go and a thunderous dunk, and ensuing free throw, made it 40-23. A basket by Roundtree made it 42-23 and completed the 19-5 run, but ORU would not be finished as they led by as many as 22 in the first half, holding a 51-31 advantage at the break.
ORU was not content with the 20-point lead, and scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 58-31 lead on the Coyotes. A Niles 3-pointer with 14:58 to go in the game gave the Golden Eagles a 28-point lead (65-37) and the storyline became if and when Morrison would score after being held without a shot in the first 25 minutes of the game.
The first points of the game for Morrison came at the 12:35 mark as he hit a layup to make it 67-42. His free throws with 9:30 to go made it a 32-point game at 78-46.
As Morrison started to get some looks in the second half, it led ORU to a 17-0 run, pushing the lead out to 86-46 with nearly seven minutes to go in the game and the Golden Eagles would roll to the 33-point victory, the largest of the season since beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff by 36 in the third game of the year.
ORU will finish its four-game home stand with Hall of Fame Night on Saturday night as they host UMKC in a 7:05 p.m. contest at the Mabee Center. The Golden Eagles will honor the class of 2012 including Jeff Stallings (Baseball), Tim Gill (Men's Basketball) and Prince Mumba (Track) at halftime.