Michael Craion scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to help Oral Roberts withstand a late rally in a 68-53 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday night.
Kevin Ford added 12 points for the Golden Eagles (5-4, 2-0 Summit League), who defeated the Thunderbirds (3-6, 0-2) for the 15th straight time dating back to 2003.
Ryan Brimley, who didn’t score in the first 28 minutes, paced Southern Utah with 19 points.
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Oral Roberts‘ biggest lead was 45-24, but Brimley scored 14 points in six minutes to help Southern Utah cut its deficit to 51-45 with 5:01 left. In the next minute, however, baskets by Craion and Warren Niles boosted the Golden Eagles’ lead to 55-45, and the Thunderbirds didn’t get closer than nine points the rest of the game.
The Golden Eagles made 24-of-31 free throws while Southern Utah sank 7 of 12.