Oral Roberts defeats Chicago State to win Mid-Continent Conference
=== Oral Roberts defeats Chicago State to win Mid-Continent Conference ===
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) – Ken Tutt poured in 25 points and Larry Owens
added 24 to lead top-seeded Oral Roberts to the Mid-Continent Conference
Tournament title and their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1984 with
an 85-72 victory over Chicago State.
Caleb Green added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (21-11), who
used a huge second-half run to earn just their third trip to the NCAA
Tournament. They reached the Elite Eight in 1974 and went back to the Big
Dance 10 years later after winning the Midwestern Collegiate Conference
David Holston had 21 points and Michael Henderson added 13 for Chicago State
(11-19), which was seeded sixth.
A jumper by Holston tied the score at 44 with 15:29 left, but Oral Roberts
scored the next 18 points. Tutt started the spurt with a three-pointer and
Green’s layup ended the burst with 9:46 remaining. Green had seven points
during the push.
Holston’s three-pointer had Chicago State within 62-48 with 8:59 left, but
Oral Roberts responded with the next eight points to pull away for good. Chris
Riouse’s three-pointer began the run.
Oral Roberts shot 58.5 percent from the field, including a stellar 12-of-18
(66.7 percent) in the second half.
It was a much different ending for Oral Roberts compared to last year’s title
contest. In 2005, Oakland picked up its first-ever Mid-Con Championship thanks
to a three-pointer by Pierre Dukes with 1.3 seconds remaining to lift the
seventh-seeded Golden Grizzlies to a 61-60 victory over the top-seeded Golden
Chicago State led 34-33 at halftime behind 51.7 percent shooting, but the
Cougars couldn’t keep Oral Roberts off the free throw line. The Golden Eagles
went 27-of-35 at the charity stripe, compared to 8-of-13 for the Cougars.
Oral Roberts went 10-of-15 from three-point range…Jonathan Bluitt had seven
assists for Oral Roberts.