Seton Hall vs. Oral Roberts
Dec. 28, 2006
- Oral Roberts started the game with Ken Tutt, Yemi Ogunoye, Adam Liberty, Caleb Green and Shawn King. Seton Hall countered with Jamar Nutter, Brian Laing, Eugene Harvey, Stan Gaines and Grant Billmeier.
- Seton Hall leaders: Laing, points (17); Laing, rebounds (10); Harvey, assists (six); Harvey and Paul Gause, steals (two); Laing, Grant Billmeier, blocks (one).
- Oral Roberts leaders: Green, points (30); Marchello Vealy, rebounds (11); Ogunoye, assists (five); Kelvin Sango, steals (two); Vealy, blocks (three).
- SH's Jamar Nutter scored the Pirates' first five points of the game. He had all of his16 points in the first half. He was averaging 12 points per game coming into the contest.
- ORU outrebounded the Pirates 21-12 in the first half. The Golden Eagles won the battle on the boards 35- 28.
- Oral Roberts went on a 8-0 run to take a 14-8 lead, before SH's Eugene Harvey scored a bucket to stop it. That was ORU's largest run of the night.
- The Golden Eagles hit nine of their first 13 field goal attempts, for a blistering 69%. They finished the first half shooting 53% from the field. They finished the night shooting 55% from the field and 25% from three-point country.
- The Pirates shot 42% from the field in the first half, but they hit 60% of their three-point attempts in the half. They finished the night shooting 41% from the field and 60% from behind the arc.
- ORU's largest lead of the first half and the game was 12 points at 31-19. SH's largest lead of the first half was two, scoring the first bucket of the game. It's largest lead of the game was nine points at 67-58. There were 11 lead changes on the night.
- The Pirates longest scoring drought of the first half and the game lasted 3:38, from the 16:38 mark to 13:30. The Golden Eagles' longest drought in the first half was 1:37, lasting from the 9:16 mark to 7:39. Their longest drought of the night lasted 2:56.
- SH was whistled for three technical fouls in the second half. Gaines received a technical foul at the 18:15 mark. The Pirates' bench received a technical foul at the 15:25 mark when SH coach Bobby Gonzalez was whistled. Laing was whistled for a technical with 2:07 left in the game.
- The Pirates took a 45-44 lead at 19:17. It was their first time leading since they scored the game's opening bucket.
- SH's Billmeier fouled out of the game at the 14:33 mark, when he picked up his fifth foul of the night.
- The Pirates' Mani Messy and Oral Roberts' Green each had slam dunks in the game.
- ORU's Caleb Green hit the game-winning free throws with 2.4 seconds left in the contest.
Oral Roberts Head Coach Scott Sutton
"It took a lot of toughness to win this game, and we won it on the defensive end."
"It is hard to believe we won the game missing 16 free throws. You are not going to win a lot of games doing that. I you would have told me we would miss 16 free throws and have as many turnovers as we did I would have told you we would lose by double digits."
"Seton Hall is a good team. They put so much pressure on you, but we found a way to win. You have to attack pressure defense, and that's what we did. It's always good to win close games, especially against tough competition."
Seton Hall Head Coach Bobby Gonzalez
"We got three technical fouls and three guys fouled out on our team. We got beat up a little down the stretch. In the end, we didn't get scores when we needed to. Not getting scores down the stretch and the whistle put us in a difficult spot."
"It was hard. Our two big guys fouled out and its is hard to hang with (Caleb) Green with five guards on the court. When (Brian) Laing fouled out, that is what hurt us the most. We just didn't have enough bullets in the gun at the end."
"We battled back and played tough. They are a good team. They beat Kansas. Playing them at a neutral site helps us prepare for our conference schedule. In the second half we turned the pressure up and saw how well our guys are conditioned."