Nov. 29, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State overcame a five-point deficit with less than a minute to play in regulation and a JQH Arena-record 40 points by Oral Roberts senior guard Kevi Luper to grab 73-72 overtime victory over the Golden Eagles Thursday evening.
Facing a 65-60 deficit as time wound down, MSU’s Kenzie Williams drained a 3-pointer from the right wing with 53.8 left to spark a dramatic sequence for the Lady Bears. Christiana Shorter blocked ORU’s shot with 26 seconds to play and MSU raced to the other end where Whitney Edie’s runner in the lane tied the game at 65 with 17 seconds left before the Missouri State defense held again to send the contest to overtime.
In the extra period, Edie scored MSU’s first four points, putting the team ahead by two each time, before Luper nailed a trey for her 40th point and a 72-71 ORU lead with 2:45 to play. Williams answered with a layup on the other end 12 seconds later for what proved to be the game-winning basket as neither team scored the rest of the way. ORU’s final possession began with 17 seconds to play and included a missed shot, jump ball with possession, and a final missed shot to end the game.
Missouri State led for much of the first half before surrendering a late 7-0 ORU run that helped make the halftime score 30-29 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
Oral Roberts carried that momentum into the second half, forcing turnovers on Missouri State’s first seven possessions and converting five into layups for a 40-29 advantage with 16:54 remaining.
Missouri State responded with a 9-1 run over the next three minutes and ORU countered with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 47-38 lead and 12:30 to go, then pushed it to double-digits at 54-44 with 8:17 remaining. The Lady Bears halved the deficit over the next 68 seconds and Edie cut to the hoop and scored off a great pass from Hannah Wilkerson for a 54-51 score with 6:43 to play.
The Lady Bear run continued to 10-0 on Shorter’s tying free throw with 5:50 on the clock and ORU ripped off a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to lead 61-54 and set the stage for MSU’s late-game heroics.
Shorter’s big night ended with 21 points and nine rebounds on 10-for-11 shooting from the field, which trails former Lady Bear Kelly Mago’s NCAA-record 16-for-16 performance in the MSU record book.
Edie added 15 points and 12 boards for her fourth double-double in five games, while Williams (15 on 6-for-8 shooting) and Wilkerson (10) scored in double figures as well.
Missouri State (4-2) shot 48.3 percent compared to 37.0 for the Golden Eagles (2-3), including a 54.8 showing after halftime while holding ORU to 2-for-8 in the extra period. The Lady Bears also held a 46-35 rebounding advantage.
Missouri State faces a quick turnaround with Northern Kentucky (1-4) on the schedule Saturday at 1:05 p.m.