Marcus Lewis leads Oral Roberts to 76-55 win over Western Illinois

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TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Marcus Lewis made all six of his shots from the field and had 13 points with six rebounds to help lead Oral Roberts past Western Illinois 76-55 on Saturday night.

Lewis, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, had five points in an opening 8-0 spurt by the Golden Eagles, who never led by less than six during the rest of the game. Moses Ehambe also had 13 points for the Golden Eagles.

ORU (12-5, 7-0 Summit League) matched its best start in league play since joining what was known before this season as the Mid-Continent Conference in the 1997-98 season. The Golden Eagles also started 7-0 last year.

Jerryck Owens-Murrey and David Jackson paced the Leatherrnecks (8-10, 3-4) with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Owens-Murrey had a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles, who led 35-22 at halftime, did not let Western Illinois get any closer than 12 points in the second half.

ORU’s lead was at 46-33 before going on a 13-2 run that was capped by a Lewis basket that made it 59-35 with 9:04 left. The Golden Eagles’ biggest lead was at 73-48 with 2:59 remaining.

The Golden Eagles shot 53 percent from the field (29-of-55) while Western Illinois shot 32 percent (18-of-56).

Ehambe connected on a trey to give ORU its largest lead of the first half, 28-14, with 6:46 remaining before intermission. Ehambe had a team-high eight points in the first half.

ORU led by 13 at halftime despite making only 2-of-10 free throws during the first 20 minutes while Western Illinois was 11-of-13. The Leathernecks, however, were just 5-of-20 from the field in the first half and did not have a basket in the last 5:05. ORU was 11-of-20 from the field before halftime.

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 Western Ill.
J. Owens-Murray J. Owens-Murray
5-13,  15 Pts
8 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Oral Roberts
M. Lewis M. Lewis
6-6,  13 Pts
7 Rebs, 2 Assists

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