TULSA, Okla. -- Oral Roberts' big first half was too much to overcome for the UND men's basketball team.
The Golden Eagles rode a 44-27 halftime advantage to a 74-57 win over UND on Saturday to split the weekend series.
UND split last weekend against Kansas City, as well, struggling in Game 2.
"One of the things really concerning as a coach is understanding what you're in for both nights but especially that second night," UND coach Paul Sather said. "Tonight, our rotations were so bad and so late and without purpose, and they got off for three. If we take away their threes, it's a different game. We guarded from two well. They made shots, but they didn't just make shots -- we gave them great looks.
"Second half, we didn't do that. We were engaged, connected and gave us a chance to get back in the game. But you can't do that on the road against a really good team and expect to win. The fight was there but the mental approach to start the game was not, and I'm really disappointed in that."
ORU was 15-for-29 from the 3-point line.
UND once trailed by 21 points in the second half -- at 57-36 with 12 minutes to go.
The Hawks would cut that lead to eight quickly but sputtered down the stretch.
UND was led by Caleb Nero, a Tulsa native, who finished with 17 points. Filip Rebraca, Ethan Igbanugo and Bentiu Panoam each added 11 points.
"It was good to see (Nero) with some confidence and attacking," Sather said. "For him, it's finding that medium between a difficult shot in traffic and making the right pass. It's the learning curve he's taking. He's struggled shooting, and he's a good shooter. It was good to see him knock down shots and get in attack mode."
Oral Roberts was paced by Max Abmas' 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range. Deshang Weaver had a dominant first half, finishing with 15 points. Kevin Obanor and RJ Glasper added 14 points each.
"I've never in my life saying I'm happy with a split but there's a continuous process with us figuring things out," Sather said. "(ORU) really brought difficult matchups for us and there was a lot of rotating. Tonight, we didn't handle it well. When you go through those things, you learn so much about yourself. I loved how we responded in the second half. It was everything (we) did differently. If we do that both halves, we give ourselves a chance to win two games on the road. We fought in the second half but it was too big of a deficit."
UND played the entire series without starting point guard Tyree Ihenacho, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Another potential starter, De'Sean Allen-Eikens, who has battled an ankle injury nearly all season, played few minutes Friday and sat out entirely Saturday.
"For him, it's finding the confidence on that (ankle), playing the way he needs to play and move the way he needs to move," Sather said. "It's just trying to come back from that and having confidence doing it."