Oral Roberts vs. Liberty
Dec. 30, 2006
- ORU's Moses Ehambe hit his first four three-point attempts in the first eight minutes of the game. He did not miss a shot until the 1:41 mark in the first half. He hit his first five shots and finished the first half with 14 points.
- LU's Larry Blair scored 13 of Liberty's first 26 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 from behind the arc. He did not miss a shot until the 4:26 mark of the first half on a one-handed, eight-foot runner from the baseline.
- Leading scorers at the half: LU's Larry Blair with 17; ORU's Moses Ehambe with 14.
- Tutt entered the game having made five three pointers in the tournament, more than any other player. He was 4-for-7 in Saturday's game, increasing his tournament total to nine.
- After scoring four points in the first 2:22 of the second half to reach 21 points for the game, Blair did not hit another shot until 9:10 to go in the game when he hit a triple from the wing, an almost nine-minute drought.
- Oral Roberts hit all five three-pointers attempted in the second half, raising its three-point percentage to 64.7 for the game.
- Blair has now scored in double figures in 33 straight games.
- Blair has also now scored at least 20 points in 43 of his 105 games.
- The ORU 32-point margin of victory is the largest of the BYU Holiday Classic thus far. ORU's 90-point total is also the most points scored by any team in the tournament thus far.
- ORU had five players in double figures: Caleb Green-19, Tutt-17, Ehambe- 17, Marchello Vealy-16 and Shawn King-11.
- Green has scored in double figures in 43 straight games.
- ORU's 10 turnovers is a season low.
- ORU's 90 points is its most against a Division-1 team this season.
- Oral Roberts is the first team this season to shoot above 50 percent against Liberty.
Oral Roberts Head Coach Scott Sutton:
"Our team came out and played with a lot of energy. I was proud of the energy that they came out with. We had three games in three nights, and tonight's game started with about 50 people in the stands."
"I felt like Shawn King played his best game of the year. King is getting adjusted to Division I ball from junior college ball. Usually it takes guys about a half a year to do that. All of our guys played well tonight."
"Probably the best stat of the game was having 19 assists and only 10 turnovers."
"Larry Blair is one of the toughest players we've played against all year. Blair hit some of the toughest shots I've seen. There may be a spot for him in leagues ahead."
"We need these types of tournaments for us to get better."
Liberty Head Coach Randy Dunton:
"This was a disappointing effort in terms of being able to gather ourselves for three games."
"They're not that good, and we're not that bad."
"I told the guys in the locker room that the bottom line is we need to close the door on this one and learn from it. Three games in three days is not easy, and we need to focus on the next one."
"This was a great event for us. We played some quality minutes. There are some things we can draw on and teach heading into Florida."