Sioux Falls, SD (SportsNetwork.com) - Obi Emegano finished with 14 points as the third-seeded Oral Roberts Golden Eagles held on for a 58-56 win over the No. 6 seeded IUPUI Jaguars in the opening round of the Summit League Tournament at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
Aaron Young and Bobby Word contributed 10 points apiece for Oral Roberts (18-13), which will advance to take on the second-seeded North Dakota State Bison in the semifinals round. Denell Henderson led the Golden Eagles on the glass with seven boards.
Khufu Najee paced IUPUI (10-21) with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, while DavRon Williams registered a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds.
The Jaguars went into the intermission trailing, 27-25, after being outscored ORU, 12-0, from 3-point range in the opening period. IUPUI was limited to 32.1 percent shooting from the floor in the first half.
The Golden Eagles converted 13-of-16 tries at the free-throw line in the second stanza. Facing a 57-54 deficit with only seconds showing on the game clock, Williams made a layup to make it a one-point game. Adrion Webber converted the first of two free-throw attempts on the other end to cushion ORU's lead and IUPUI failed to get off another shot attempt.
The Golden Eagles outscored the Jaguars, 18-10, at the free-throw line and managed to advance despite committing 14 turnovers compared to only seven by IUPUI.