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