ORU notebook: Glover coming of age
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer
Friday, February 01, 2013
2/01/13 at 5:20 AM
Junior forward Shawn Glover scored a career-high 25 points in a victory over Nicholls State, continuing his most productive stretch of the season. The Utah transfer scored 24 points in each of ORU's two previous games.
"Shawn Glover, he is playing like we all thought he would play," coach Scott Sutton said. "He is a big-time scorer and scores in a variety of different ways and if he can ever learn to consistently get to the free-throw line where he is getting five or six points a game from there, he is a guy that could easily average 20 points a game."
Asked about Glover's progress, senior guard Warren Niles said, "We all know he is capable of scoring. I just think he has gained some confidence."
Making an impression: Fred Hunter, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound post player, showed ORU why he was a preseason All-Southland Conference selection. He scored 33 points, most by a Golden Eagle opponent this season, and got fouled enough to go 11-of-14 at the free-throw line.
"We had no answers for him," Sutton said, adding that the player who had the most success guarding Hunter was freshman forward Brandon Conley.
"But (Hunter) is a great player," Sutton said. "You have got to give him a lot of credit. He knows how to use his body and knows how to get angles. I was awfully impressed with him."
Conley suggested he and his teammates didn't do as good a job as they could have, but, added Conley, "Sometimes players get theirs, but the rest of the team doesn't."
Two other Nicholls State players reached double digits, but five other Colonels combined for 16 points.
Good news, bad news: ORU was whistled for only seven fouls in the first 23 minutes. But Damen Bell-Holter was tagged for four of them and was limited to 18 minutes of court time.
Making the grade: For the second consecutive year, ORU junior guard Mikey Manghum of Derby, England, was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
With a 3.94 GPA in finance, Manghum has the highest GPA of the five selections in District 7, which encompasses nine states. He has played in 20 of ORU's 21 games, logging four starts and averaging nearly 20 minutes of court time per game.
First-team selections from each district will be nominated for Academic All-America honors.