ORU sweeps Jacks

Drue Aman

Drue AmanSports Editor

Maybe not.

In addition to falling back to .500 in Summit League play, SDSU remains winless in the Mabee Center, the place Oral Roberts call home.

The Jacks (6-6, 14-9) dissolved a fourpoint halftime lead and a one-point advantage in the final two minutes to surrender yet another road loss at Oral Roberts (7-5, 10-14), 77-73 Feb. 3.

Seems unlikely given the Jacks almost erased the Golden Eagles’ three-point shooting entirely, got quality performances from Dale Moss and Nate Wolters and played with the lead virtually the entire first half.

That doesn’t bring attention the 45-29 rebounding disparity in favor of Oral Roberts that, again and again, led to easy second-chance buckets. A remarkable 20 of those Golden Eagles rebounds were on the offensive side.

“With 20 offensive rebounds, it’s almost impossible to win,” said SDSU point guard Nate Wolters, who finished with a team-high 18 points in playing all 40 minutes. “If you give that many up it usually results in lay-ups … we played good defensively on the first shot but just could not get any rebounds.”

The beneficiary of SDSU’s rebounding ineptitude was Damen Bell-Holter, who finished with 15 rebounds total, including seven of ORU’s 20 offensive boards.

In fact, Bell-Holter finished with more offensive rebounds than any SDSU player combined.

“It wasn’t shooting, it was the rebounding,” said SDSU head coach Scott Nagy.

“We can’t get beat on the glass by 16, lose by four, and think that (shooting) was the reason you lost.”