F-I-U (1-2) at Oral Roberts (3-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 22nd, 8:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mabee Center (10,575) -- Tulsa, Oklahoma. Television: None. Home Record: FIU 0-0, Oral Roberts 2-0. Away Record: FIU 0-1, Oral Roberts 0-1. Neutral Record: FIU 1-1, Oral Roberts 1-1. Conference Record: FIU 0-0, Oral Roberts 0-0. Series Record: Oral Roberts leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Consolation play in the 2011 NIT Season Tip-off continues tonight, as the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts entertain the Panthers of FIU at the Mabee Center in Oklahoma.
Since opening the season with back-to-back defeats against West Virginia and Texas-San Antonio, the Golden Eagles have rebounded to capture three straight wins. On Monday, the team posted a 62-56 win against the SMU Mustangs to remain perfect at home after two contests.
Meanwhile, the Panthers have been watching their offensive production steadily decline over the first three games of 2011-12, the team beginning with a 79-76 overtime win against George Mason and then bowing to Virginia Tech, 78-63. Last night, FIU suffered a narrow 58-56 loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff to drop below .500.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, the Golden Eagles won the only previous meeting with a 65-61 triumph a decade ago in Puerto Rico. FIU is just 2-7 all-time against schools from the Summit League.
The Panthers were paced by Jeremy Allen who tallied a game-high 21 points and also registered six steals on the night, but down the stretch FIU simply could not get the job done as the team took the loss against UAPB. Phil Taylor delivered 13 points and six assists, but at the same time he was charged with seven of the unit's 19 miscues. The team finished up shooting only 38.6 percent from the floor and 5-of-17 beyond the arc, with the reserves having little impact with a total of only five points in the outing. Allen, the top scorer for the team in each of the last two contests, is putting up 18.7 ppg overall, thanks to his 9-of-20 shooting behind the three-point line and 19- of-21 accuracy at the charity stripe. Taylor (13.3 ppg) is responsible for 17 assists in three games and DeJuan Wright (13.0 ppg) a team-high eight rebounds per game for the Panthers.
Dominique Morrison lit up the scoreboard for a game-high 30 points as he led the Golden Eagles to the six-point win over the SMU Mustangs at the Mabee Center last night. Morrison connected on 10-of-16 shots from the floor for the Golden Eagles as they knocked down a collective 47.4 percent from the field, but just 4-of-14 behind the three-point line. Steven Roundtree, named the Summit League Player of the Week on Monday, responded with 11 points and seven rebounds. The Golden Eagles sealed the win at the charity stripe where they outscored the visitors, 22-10. Morrison has scored in double figures in all five games thus far for Oral Roberts and is now accounting for a team-high 19.4 ppg. As a whole ORU is producing 72.2 ppg on the season, which is only slightly better than what FIU has been allowing (70.7 ppg) up to this point. Roundtree is also putting up double digits for the hosts with his nearly 16 points per outing.
Both of these teams played low-scoring affairs last night, so to expect anything different might be a stretch. As long as Morrison and Roundtree remain the focus for the Golden Eagles the ball will be in their court tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oral Roberts 60, FIU 53
11/22 10:37:32 ET