Oral Roberts 60, Missouri 59

Michael Craion’s layup with nine-tenths of a second left and

interception of the ensuing inbounds pass capped a late rally that

gave Oral Roberts a 60-59 victory over Missouri on Wednesday


Dominique Morrison scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the

second half for the Golden Eagles (6-4). Morrison had seven of Oral

Roberts’ last 11 points and assisted Craion’s winning basket.

Craion had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Marcus Denmon came off the bench to score 17 points for Missouri

(5-3), but missed a free throw on the front end of a one-and-one

with 9.2 seconds left.

Craion grabbed the rebound and passed it to Morrison, who fed

Craion for the winning shot that bounced around the rim twice

before falling through the net.

J.T. Tiller added 13 points and Justin Safford scored 10 for the

Tigers, who held their biggest lead at 50-39 after Laurence Bowers’

tip-in with 8:21 remaining. Missouri still led 55-45 before Kyron

Stokes’ layup with 5:45 left began Oral Roberts’ final surge.

Morrison’s three-point play cut Missouri’s lead to 57-56 with

1:22 left. Bowers’ tip-in with 46 seconds remaining gave Missouri a

three-point lead. Kevin Ford’s dunk on an assist from Morrison

reduced the Golden Eagles’ deficit to 59-58 with 10 seconds left

and then Denmon was fouled on the inbounds pass.

Ford had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Oral Roberts, which

outrebounded Missouri, 39-32.

Missouri didn’t lead until ending the first half with 12

consecutive points, the last an 8-foot shot by Safford with 4

seconds remaining for a 26-24 lead at intermission.

Craion scored the first three points of the second half to give

the Golden Eagles a 27-26 edge, but Tiller answered with a

3-pointer to put the Tigers ahead 29-27. Missouri led the rest of

the game until the final second.

Oral Roberts jumped out a 6-0 lead as Missouri did not score in

the first three minutes. The Golden Eagles remained ahead for most

of the first half and led 24-14 with 2:20 left before the Tigers

tied the game with a 10-0 run ignited by Denmon’s trey and 3-point