Oral Roberts 93, Omaha 74
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Emmanuel Nzekwesi scored 21 and grabbed 11 rebounds and R.J. Fuqua added 17 points and eight assists to send Oral Roberts to a 93-74 victory over Omaha in a Summit League opener on Saturday night.
Sam Kearns finished with 16 points and five assists for the Golden Eagles (5-11), while Jontray Harris scored 12 and Javan White snagged 12 rebounds to go with nine points.
Daniel Norl paced the Mavericks (4-12) with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting with seven assists and three steals. Zach Jackson chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Renard Suggs hit four 3-pointers and scored 14.
Suggs' 3-pointer gave Omaha a 15-14 lead midway through the first half, but Kearns buried a 3 to spark a 13-0 run and Oral Roberts never trailed again. Norl's layup cut the Mavericks' deficit to 33-29, but Fuqua's 3-pointer capped a 17-5 spurt and the Golden Eagles led 50-34 at intermission. Omaha got no closer than 14 in the second half.
Oral Roberts held the Mavericks to 38-percent shooting for the game, including 31 percent from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles hit half of their 22 3-pointers and shot 48 percent from the floor.
South Dakota 82, Denver 71
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Matt Mooney tossed in 20 points with six steals and South Dakota breezed to an 82-71 victory over Denver in a Summit League opener on Saturday.
Triston Simpson scored 17 for the Coyotes (13-4), who won for the sixth time in seven games. Reserve Tyler Peterson added 13 points and five rebounds, while Tyler Hagedorn scored 11 with five boards.
Mooney had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half as South Dakota took a 45-33 lead into the break. The Coyotes shot 58 percent in the opening half, while the Pioneers (6-9) made just 13 of 33 shots (39 percent).
Ade Murkey's 3-point play pulled Denver within 56-50 early in the second half, but Peterson had six points in an 11-3 run and South Dakota never looked back.
Amigo finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Pioneers, while Jake Pemberton added 14 points and Murkey and Joe Rosga scored 12. Rosga added six assists.