Ehambe’s 27 propels Oral Roberts past Centenary 84-59
TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Moses Ehambe scored 27 points and hit eight 3-pointers as top-seeded Oral Roberts defeated Centenary 84-56 on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Summit League tournament.
Playing before a hometown crowd, Oral Roberts (22-8) advanced to Monday’s semifinals against the winner of Sunday’s game between Southern Utah and Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. The Golden Eagles have won the last two tournament titles in the league formerly known as the Mid-Continent Conference.
Oral Roberts freshman Andre Hardy recorded his first career double-double, finishing with a career-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, while senior center Shawn King scored 14 points.
Centenary (10-21) struggled against the Golden Eagles’ defense. The Gents’ hot-shooting guards, Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings—who both entered averaging more than 16 points per game—were held to a combined 18 points, as Hamilton finished with 13 and Stallings fouled out with five.
Forward Lance Hill had a team-high 17 points for Centenary.
Oral Roberts never trailed, jumping out to a 12-2 lead and building the margin to 17 points before settling for a 36-24 halftime lead.
The Golden Eagles out-rebounded Centenary 40-24.
Oral Roberts’ leading scorer, Robert Jarvis, sat out the game. Jarvis is still recovering from a high ankle sprain he suffered Feb. 23 during a loss to Creighton.