Belmont tops Oral Roberts for 3rd in Shootout

Jeremy Peters
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Belmont's Blake Jenkins works against Oral Roberts' Kory Billbury. Oral Roberts played Belmont in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News D.J. Jackson of Oral Roberts drives along the baseline in the first half. Oral Roberts played Belmont in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A young fan shows support for Oral Roberts senior Damen Bell-Holter of Hydaburg, Alaska. Oral Roberts played Belmont in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Oral Roberts' Steven Roundtree tries to keep the ball under defense from Belmont's Trevor Noack. Oral Roberts played Belmont in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Oral Roberts guard Korey Billbury puts up a shot. Oral Roberts played Belmont in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Steven Roundtree of Oral Roberts tries to pass the ball from the floor. Oral Roberts played Belmont in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Oral Roberts' Brandon Conley takes a shot in the first half. Oral Roberts played Belmont in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Oral Roberts Warren Niles breaks up the court. Oral Roberts played Belmont in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Belmont's Blake Jenkins tries to pass to a teammate as Oral Roberts' D.J. Jackson defends. Oral Roberts played Belmont in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Steven Roundtree, left, of Oral Roberts tries to pick up a steal on Belmont's Kerron Johnson. Belmont beat Oral Roberts in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News The ball gets by Oral Roberts' Damen Bell-Holter in the second half. Belmont beat Oral Roberts in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Steven Roundtree tries to works inside on Belmont defenders Blake Jenkins and Trevor Noack. Belmont beat Oral Roberts in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Oral Roberts' Steven Roundtree finishes a fast break with a layup. Belmont beat Oral Roberts in the game to decide third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
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Belmont battled back from a late deficit to claim third place in the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, beating Oral Roberts 70-67 at Sullivan Arena.

Blake Jenkins led the way for Belmont, scoring a game-high 22 points on 8 of 9 shooting and adding four blocks. Kerron Johnson (20 points) and Trevor Noack (15 points) each hit 7 of 9 field goal attempts.

Shooting was the difference for Belmont (5-1), which hit 57.8 percent from the field compared to Oral Roberts' 37 percent.

The Golden Eagles (3-3) dominated the boards 42-23, getting a game-high 16 from Steven Roundtree (13 points) and seven from Hydaburg's Damen Bell-Holter (12 points).

A Noack's put-back just before the halftime buzzer put Belmont up 37-32. By the time Oral Roberts' Mikey Manghum hit a 3-pointer early in the second half, the score was tied 43-43, and then Oral Roberts' defense started to click.

With just more than 13 minutes remaining, Roundtree stole the ball from Johnson and raced the length of the floor for an easy layup to put the Golden Eagles up 51-48. The Bruins next possession ended on a blocked shot, and Warren Niles made them pay with a pretty drive and score to extend Oral Roberts' lead to 53-48.

Belmont absorbed the blows and evened things 56-56 on a corner trey by Noack, part of an 11-4 run that ended with three straight layups from Jenkins. Ian Clark's pretty assists on Jenkins first two layups and Jenkins third score in the sequence put Belmont up 67-60 with less than two minutes left.

Free throws accounted for the rest of the scoring, with Oral Roberts being forced to foul in an attempt to get back in the game.

 

BELMONT (70) -- Jenkins 8-9 5-8 22, Johnson 7-9 5-10 20, Mann 0-7 0-0 0, Clark 1-7 3-4 6, Noack 7-9 0-0 15, Lang 0-0 0-0 0, Laidig 0-1 0-0 0, Chamberlain 1-1 0-0 2, Bradshaw 1-1 0-0 3, Barnes 0-0 0-2 0, Baker 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-45 13-25 70.

ORAL ROBERTS (67) -- Glover 0-7 2-3 2, Niles 1-4 1-1 3, Roundtree 5-10 3-9 13, Billbury 1-6 10-11 12, Bell-Holter 5-11 2-2 12, Conley 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 2-6 3-5 9, Kaufman 3-4 2-2 8, Manghum 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 20-45 23-33 67.

Belmont 37 33 -- 70

Oral Roberts 32 35 -- 67

3-point goals -- Belmont 5-14 (Jenkins 1-1, Johnson 1-1, Mann 0-4, Clark 1-4, Noack 1-2, Laidig 0-1, Bradshaw 1-1), ORU 4-13 (Glover 0-1, Niles 0-1, Billbury 0-2, Bell-Holter 0-1, Jackson 2-4, Manghum 2-4). Rebounds -- Belmont 23 (Noack 5), ORU 42 (Roundtree 16). Total fouls -- Belmont 25, ORU 23. Fouled out -- Johnson, Niles, Manghum. Assists -- Belmont 18 (Johnson 7), ORU 13 (3 with 3). Turnovers -- Belmont 14 (Mann 2), ORU 18 (Roundtree 5). Blocked shots -- Belmont 7 (Jenkins 4), ORU 3. Steals -- Belmont 7 (Mann 3), ORU 5 (2 with 2). Referees -- Spitznagle, Shields, Thomson). A -- 4,452 (announced).

 

 


By JEREMY PETERS
jpeters@adn.com