Oral Roberts 70

(5-0, 3-0 away)

Tulsa 47

(1-3, 1-2 home)

    3:05 PM ET, December 5, 2004

    Reynolds Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

    1 2 T
    ORU 46 2470
    TLSA 26 2147

    Top Performers

    Oral Roberts: C. Green 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Tulsa: G. Teichmann 7 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Oral Roberts 70, Tulsa 47

    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 run,"

    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 competitive."

    Ken Tutt, 4-of-8 on 3-pointers, added 18 points for ORU (5-0) while teammate Larry Owens contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.

    Anthony Price led Tulsa (1-3) with 14 points, all coming in the second half. Tulsa's top scorer, Jarius Glenn, who was averaging 22 points per game, was held to six points.

    "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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 47
    FG Made-Attempted 23-50 (.460) 19-55 (.345)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-14 (.500) 2-10 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-25 (.680) 7-14 (.500)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 23 0

    2004-05 Season

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