TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- For the second straight year, Tulsa native
Caleb Green was the standout in the annual game between his
hometown's two major college basketball teams.
Green had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Oral Roberts past
Tulsa 70-47 on Sunday.
"He loves playing in this game," ORU coach Scott Sutton said.
ORU had not won on Tulsa's home court since Dec. 20, 1979 -- a
streak of 13 consecutive losses. The Golden Eagles won their second
straight game in this series for the first time since sweeping a
pair in the 1979-80 season. Green had 24 points and 13 rebounds in
ORU's 87-81 victory last year.
ORU's victory margin was its second-largest in the 41 games of
this series that dates back to 1974 and is led by Tulsa 27-14.
Green, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, scored the game's first
five points and ORU never trailed. After Tulsa cut its deficit to
10-8, ORU scored nine straight points over a six-minute span and
the Golden Hurricane never got closer than eight points. The Golden
Eagles led 36-26 at halftime.
"It was kind of shocking to not see them make another big
Green said. "We wanted to be the dominant team in town."
The last nine games in the series had been decided by 12 or less
points, including two that went into overtime.
"This has to be one of the most important wins I've had," said
Sutton, who is in his sixth season as ORU's head coach. "I never
expected this type of game. The games have always been very
"We wanted to frustrate him and make it tough on him every play
and every possession," ORU senior Luke Spencer-Gardner said.
ORU outrebounded Tulsa 45-27. The Golden Eagles shot 46 percent
from the field compared to 34.5 for Tulsa.
"In every facet of the game they played better than us," Tulsa
coach John Phillips said. "We got off to a very poor start
defensively. ORU played well and we played poorly."
Tulsa's smallest second-half deficit was 40-31 after Price's
conventional three-point play with 17:40 left. ORU followed with an
11-2 run to boost its lead to 51-33 at 13:38.
Tutt sank a jumper at 10:17 for a 58-38 lead. The Golden Eagles
went scoreless during the next five minutes, but Tulsa scored only
three points during that span. Tulsa didn't get closer than 17
points during the rest of the game.
Moses Ehambe's basket with four seconds left finished the
scoring and gave ORU its largest lead.
ORU has held its last three opponents Saint Louis, Loyola
(Chicago) and Tulsa under 55 points
"I thought we played a great basketball game," Sutton said.