LAWRENCE, Kan. — It won’t go down as one of the best shooting nights in Ken Tutt’s career. But when the Golden Eagles needed him most Tutt, as he has so many times before, came through.
Despite enduring a 3-for-15 shooting night Tutt, Oral Roberts’ ice-in-his-veins senior shooting guard, nailed a clutch 3-pointer and was 3-of-4 from the line – all in the final 44 seconds – as Oral Roberts University stunned No. 3 Kansas, 78-71, Wednesday at Phogg Allen Fieldhouse.
The win was ORU’s (1-1) first over a Top 25 team since downing No. 16 Arkansas 86-81, Nov. 27, 1996, and it was ORU’s first win ever over a Top 5 team. It was also ORU’s first road win against a ranked opponent.
With ORU clinging to a 72-69 lead with 44 seconds left, Tutt drained a 3 pointer from the right wing for a 75-69 lead. After a missed layup on the other end by Kansas’ Russell Robinson, Tutt made a pair of free throws with 25 seconds to go, putting the Golden Eagles up 77-69, effectively sealing the win.
The Golden Eagles rode the hot 3-point shooting of Marchello Vealy and the fine all-round play of Caleb Green to a 39-34 halftime lead.
With the Jayhawks double-teaming Green, and Tutt struggling to find his shot, Vealy impacted the game and helped free up Green by going 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half. His first trey gave ORU a 20-18 lead, an advantage ORU never relinquished.
Another triple by Vealy put the Golden Eagles up 28-18 with 6:38 left in the half. Consecutive baskets by Mario Chalmers put KU within 28-22, Vealy sank his fourth trey and gave the Golden Eagles a 31-22 lead with 5:48 left.
Green, who dished four assists in the first half, made a pair of buckets in the final three minutes to help keep ORU on top.
Kansas twice closed to within two points in the second half, but poor free throw shooting and strong defense by the Golden Eagles did in the Jayhawks. Kansas was 5-of-13 from the line in the second half, and just 11-of-21 for the game. ORU also limited Kansas to 41 percent second-half shooting.
The Golden Eagles were out-rebounded 43-34, but gave up only 16 second-chance points to the Jayhawks. ORU shot 46.6 percent for the game, including 57.9 percent (11-19) from beyond the arc.
Vealy led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, adding six rebounds in 28 minutes. Green enjoyed one of the finest games of his All-America career, scoring 20 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Green’s double-double was the 48th of his career.
Tutt finished with 12 points, adding six assists and two steals, while Adam Liberty scored 12 points.
Darrell Arthur scored 22 points to lead Kansas.
The Golden Eagles return to action when they host Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:05 p.m., next Tuesday at the Mabee Center.
- From ORU Media Relations -