College Basketball Nation: Damen Bell-Holter

Numbers to Know: Thursday recap

January, 11, 2013
Player of the Night -- Damen Bell-Holter, Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts moved to 3-0 in Southland play courtesy of a massive game from Bell-Holter. He finished with 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 80-74 win over Northwestern State. He’s the first player with a 25-20 game this season, and the first since Towson's Robert Nwanko last year. Oral Roberts hasn’t seen it done since Caleb Green did it in 2004.

Stat Sheet Stuffer -- E.J. Singler, Oregon
Oregon handed Arizona its first loss of the season, as Singler put together a complete performance. The senior finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the 70-66 win. He’s the first Oregon player to post those totals against a ranked team since Luke Ridnour did it against Kansas in 2002. It’s the second time Singler has had seven assists in a game. Both have been against Arizona.

Scorer of the Night -- Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech
Dillard matched a career-high with 34 points in Tennessee Tech’s 77-73 comeback win at Eastern Illinois. That included 22 points in the second half, as the Golden Eagles erased a 15-point deficit.

Freshman of the Night -- Brandon Peel, Central Connecticut
Coming into the game averaging 2.2 PPG and 4.5 RPG, Peel had a breakout game in CCSU’s 84-78 win over Sacred Heart. The freshman posted career highs with 17 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. He’s the first freshman to reach those totals since Tony Mitchell of North Texas last February.

Duo of the Night -- Trevor Noack and Ian Clark, Belmont
Noack and Clark both scored 30 points, as Belmont rolled over Southeast Missouri State 107-72. They are the first pair of teammates to score 30 or more in a game this season, and the first since Eastern Kentucky's Jaron Jones and Mike DiNunno last January. Their 60 combined points matches the most combined in a game this season. Holy Cross teammates Dave Dudzinski and Justin Burrell did it on Tuesday.

Oral Roberts wins game with a prayer

December, 13, 2011

It was a game-winning shot so stunning that the Oral Roberts play-by-play man prematurely declared the start of overtime right before the ball went through the hoop.

With the game tied, Oral Roberts big man Damen Bell-Holter stole a baseball inbound pass with 3.6 seconds left and then threw a three-quarter-court prayer back the other way off the backboard and in to beat Arkansas Little-Rock on Monday.


"I was holding onto it and [teammate Dominique Morrison] said 'Shoot it,' and so I let it go," Bell-Holter told the Tulsa World after finishing with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.

It was good advice, with the once-in-a-lifetime shot going in for the junior. But should the play have counted?

After the game, Arkansas Little-Rock coach Steve Shields asked the opinion a reporter, who responded that Bell-Holter might have taken an extra step and traveled. "I think you can say that and get away with it," Shields replied, smiling. "I might get in trouble for saying that."

In any case, Shields' players were hurting from the loss while Oral Roberts got to experience an emotional high. Just last month, the Golden Eagles (7-3) had lost to UTSA on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer after blowing a 15-point halftime lead.

"I think Dominique [Morrison] said it best when he said the basketball gods owed us one after what happened against Texas-San Antonio," Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton said. "We probably didn't deserve to win that game but sometimes you find a way to win anyway. We have a great saying on our court, 'Expect a Miracle,' and that is certainly what it was."