RECAP: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Earn Signature Win Over Little Rock

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas-Little Rock at DePaul
Trojans post presence Lis Shoshi pulled down eight boards in a non-conference loss to Oral Roberts on Monday evening. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Little Rock, which was in the midst of an impressive six-game winning streak with only two losses so far in head coach Wes Flanigan‘s debut year, was sent away from Tulsa on Monday afternoon with a tough third defeat, as the Trojans were whipped by the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 63-48.

The Eagles’ Aaron Anderson made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and had eight total points, as ORU began pulling away late in the period and went into the halftime break with a 27-21 advantage.

As a team, Little Rock shot just 7-of-26 (27 percent) from the floor in the first half and did not land a single shot from behind the arc. In fact, the Trojans did not make any of the 15 3-pointers attempted during the entire game (they were 0-for-15), a serious hindrance to any hopes of a second-half comeback. 

Maurius Hill of Little Rock was 4-of-10 from the floor and finished with a team-leading 13 points, while Jalen Jackson added 12.

The Golden Eagle defense severely limited the Trojans’ production, as they normally average 75 points per game, and this cold shooting night spelled disaster as the non-conference schedule winds to a close.

Anderson ended with 12 points for ORU, and Jalen Bradley scored 14 to pace the squad. ORU’s bench added 17 points. Along with the Trojans’ icy outing, the Eagles did not necessarily dazzle from the floor either, with a team mark of 37.5 percent (21-for-56).

Little Rock, which after the setback dropped to 9-3 on the year, was outscored 36-27 in the second half.

The Trojans have no choice but to put this game behind them and ready for another seasoned opponent, with a trip to face the SEC’s Florida Gators slated for this Wednesday. Oral Roberts (3-10) next suits up on Friday with a home date against the Richmond Spiders.

-H. Hudson