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UND wins for the ninth time in 10 games in win at Oral Roberts

Feb. 17—TULSA, Okla. — The UND men's basketball team remains at the top of the Summit League.

The Fighting Hawks led from start to finish in a 78-65 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday night.

B.J. Omot scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half.

UND won for the ninth time in the last 10 games. In those nine wins, UND has won by 10 or more points eight times.

The Hawks led by as many as 19 at 52-33 with 15:17 left in the game.

ORU went on a 17-3 run to cut the lead to 55-50 with 9:45 left in the game.

Omot scored the next six points for the Hawks as the lead stretched back out to 61-50 with 7:22 remaining.

"When they string together a few stops, and we turn it over a few times, they were able to make that run," UND coach Paul Sather said in a postgame radio interview. "I told the guys it was so good for us to go through this. To coast in would have been fun and easy, but that's not how it works. Oral Roberts has experienced guys, so you knew they'd have that fight."

UND won despite shooting 4-for-20 from 3-point range including 0-for-11 in the second half. Omot was 1-for-6 from long range, while Tyree Ihenacho was 1-for-5 and Treysen Eaglestaff was 0-for-4.

"When you're getting that press break, and you get wide open threes, it's great when they go in," Sather said. "They didn't go in in that stretch. We were in our own way a little bit."

Sather encouraged his team to attack the basket and UND pulled away down the stretch.

After Omot's 20 points, Eaglestaff had 17, Ihenacho had 13 and Eli King chipped in 11 with four steals.

Amar Kuljuhovic had 13 rebounds and five points, while Tsotne Tsartsidze added five points and eight rebounds.

"I thought the job Tsotne and Amar did on the glass really helped us," Sather said. "To be plus-16 on the rebound side was really important."

Oral Roberts was led by Isaac McBride's 23 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Kareem Thompson had 12 points and 10 rebounds but was 2-for-11 from the field. Jailen Bedford had 12 points but was 2-for-11 from 3-point range.

As a team, ORU shot 6-for-27 from 3-point range.

The Hawks have three games left in the regular season, starting with next Saturday's 1 p.m. matchup with North Dakota State in Fargo.