Tahlequah Daily Press

January 17, 2014

Oral Roberts cruises past Abilene Christian

State briefs

Associated Press

— ABILENE, Texas — Shawn Glover scored 25 points, on 10-of-16 shooting, to lead Oral Roberts over Abilene Christian 82-59 on Thursday.

Oral Roberts (9-8, 3-1 Southland Conference) shot 54 percent from the floor, including 6 of 14 from beyond the arc, and out-rebounded Abilene Christian 34-23. Korey Billbury chipped in with 13 points.

The Wildcats (6-11, 0-3) were led by Julian Edmonson with 26 points, his season-high, while Parker Wentz added 11.

The teams were tied at halftime at 39 after Oral Roberts scored the final six points before intermission.

The second half was all Oral Roberts, as the Golden Eagles outscored Abilene Christian by 23 after the break, using a 10-2 run as play resumed, breaking out to a nine point lead. A 19-4 stretch later in the frame extended the lead to 22 to all but bury ACU.

The decision to play the game roughly 24 hours when the NCAA gave clearance to ORU to proceed with the matchup. ORU was in danger of having to forfeit the game because of too many games against non-Division I opponents. But a waiver from the NCAA allowed the Golden Eagles to play Abilene Christian, which is a charter member of the Southland Conference while transitioning into Division I athletics.

Charlotte edges Tulsa 90-86 in overtime

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pierria Henry led a balanced offense with 18 points as Charlotte edged Tulsa 90-86 in overtime on Thursday.

Henry’s basket with 9 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 76 and Tulsa’s last-second 3-point attempt was off the mark.

In overtime, Denzel Ingram hit two 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help Charlotte (11-5, 2-1 Conference USA) edge Tulsa (7-10, 2-1). Ingram’s second 3-pointer put the 49ers up 84-78 with 3:07 left.

Tulsa cut the lead to 88-86 with 2 seconds left on a dunk from Shaquille Harrison, but Ben Cherry made two free throws with a second remaining as Charlotte held on.

Henry posted nine rebounds and eight assists. Ingram scored 17 and Terrence Williams had 14. Mike Thorne Jr. had 13 points and 11 rebounds while Willie Clayton had 10.

Tulsa had two scorers post career-highs, with Harrison scoring 26 and Rashad Ray 19. James Woodard added 13.

Tulsa offensive coordinator will not be retained

TULSA — University of Tulsa head football coach Bill Blankenship says offensive coordinator Greg Peterson will not return to the Golden Hurricane coaching staff next season.

Blankenship praised Peterson in a news release from TU on Thursday — but said that he thinks it is best that a change be made.

Peterson spent three seasons as offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach at Tulsa after serving as offensive coordinator at Northern Colorado. Peterson has also coached at Colorado State, Washington State, Kansas State and Nebraska Wesleyan.

No timetable was set for naming Peterson’s replacement.