Summit League wins WAC Challenge series

With Oral Roberts' 97-59 win over Chicago State, The Summit League won this year's challenge series with the WAC after taking five of the eight designated-games between the two conferences.
With Oral Roberts' 97-59 win over Chicago State, The Summit League won this year's challenge series with the WAC after taking five of the eight designated-games between the two conferences.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Oral Roberts secured the 2019-20 edition of The Summit League/WAC Challenge series thanks to a 97-59 victory at Chicago State Tuesday in the Windy City. The Golden Eagles exacted revenge for the league after the WAC won six of nine contests in the first year of the series.

A year after going 0-4 in road games, Summit League members went 4-1 in road contests. In fact, the only home teams to pick up wins were Kansas City (a future Summit League member) and Omaha. The Mavericks' victory ended up being a crucial one as their 92-82 win over UTRGV on Dec. 15 gave The Summit League a slight 4-3 edge before ORU capped the series' victory with the largest margin of victory in the 17 combined contests over the past two seasons.

There were only two other tilts decided by double figures as close contests was the theme, especially early on. South Dakota State opened the series with a 93-91 double-overtime victory against CSU Bakersfield and two other matchups were decided by a single point. Cal Baptist, who won last year's meeting with Oral Roberts on a halfcourt-heave at the buzzer, fell to South Dakota 84-83 on its home court this time around. The Roos, who are in their final season as a WAC member, used a pair of late free throws in the closing five seconds to edge Western Illinois 68-67.

2019-20 Matchups
Nov. 9 | South Dakota State 93, CSU Bakersfield 91 (2OT)
Nov. 23 | Utah Valley 68, North Dakota State 62
Nov. 27 | South Dakota 84, California Baptist 83
Nov. 30 | Purdue Fort Wayne 71, Grand Canyon 60
Nov. 30 | Kansas City 68, Western Illinois 67
Dec. 10 | New Mexico State 72, Denver 67
Dec. 15 | Omaha 92, UT Rio Grande Valley 82
Dec. 17 | Oral Roberts 97, Chicago State 59

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