North Dakota State, which had trailed for most of the second half, had a chance for the win but Dexter Werner's 3-point attempt was short as time expired. A.J. Jacobson made five-straight points down the stretch to keep the Bison close.
Owens made 6 of 9 field goal attempts for 13 points and Emegano, who averages 24 points a game, also finished with 13. Brandon Conley added 12 and Jalen Bradley and Kris Martin chipped in 11 apiece for ORU (9-9, 1-3 Summit League), which halted a seven-game losing skid.
Werner, who had 11 points in the second half, finished with 19 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jacobson had 13 points and Paul Miller added 11 for North Dakota State (11-6, 1-2).