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McNeese State falls to Oral Roberts, 66-62, in first round of SLC Tournament

Korey Billbury (24) connected for 18 points in ORU's win over McNeese State.
Korey Billbury (24) connected for 18 points in ORU's win over McNeese State.
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Paced by the 18 points of starting guard Korey Billbury, the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles downed the McNeese State Cowboys by the score of 66-62 in the second game of the Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament in the Houston suburbs of Katy, Texas on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

The 6-3, red shirt sophomore from Tulsa, Oklahoma shot 6-of-12 from the field including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 3-of-7 from the line.

The Golden Eagles led 28-24 at the half and increased that lead to 15 points with 9:34 remaining in the game.

Shawn Glover and Brandon Conley also shot in double figures for Oral Roberts, scoring 17 and 11 points respectively.

The game came down to shooting, with Oral Roberts connecting on 24-of-57 (42.1%) from the field, while the Cowboys could only manage 28.1% from the field (18-of-64).

For McNeese, Ledrick Eackles scored 28 points, including five three-pointers and was 11-of-13 from the free throw line.

Billbury also pulled down 12 rebounds; 10 of them on defense, to lead the Golden Eagles.

With his 18 points and 12 rebounds, Billbury received the fourth double-double of his career.

Oral Roberts also dominated the Cowboys in the paint, scoring 30 points against 14 for McNeese.

The Eagles also led in second chance point, 13-8 and in take-a-ways, 10-9.

With the loss, McNeese State heads back to Lake Charles with a 11-20 record while Oral Roberts raised its record to 17-15 and will face No. 3 Sam Houston State on Thursday, March 13, 2014, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at the Merrell Center.