TULSA, Okla. — Add another to Oral Roberts’ growing list of upsets.
The same Golden Eagles who burst onto the national scene by beating No. 3 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in November 2006 are at it again.
Michael Craion had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Dominique Morrison scored 17 points and Oral Roberts handed No. 13 New Mexico its first loss of the season, 75-66 on Wednesday.
“I bet a lot of people didn’t expect for us to come out there and play as hard as we did, to win the game,” Morrison said.
Except those who have been following the tiny school from the Summit League. Already with wins over Missouri and Stanford this season, ORU took an early 13-point lead, then made another charge after the Lobos (12-1) rallied to take the lead in the second half.
Warren Niles hit a jumper from the right side to give the Golden Eagles (7-6) a 59-58 lead with 6:32 to play and ignited a 10-0 run. Kevin Ford pushed the lead to nine with a two-handed jam off a touch pass from Craion that sealed the victory.
Oral Roberts, who died last week at age 91, was honored during the pregame invocation. Players wore black, circular patches with his initials on their jerseys.
The Lobos came in trying to reach 13-0 for only the second time in school history.AROUND THE NATION
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
• UTES TUMBLE — At Malibu, Calif., Mychel Thompson scored 25 points and Pepperdine (4-10) ended a seven-game losing skid with a 76-64 victory over Utah (5-7).
• FROGS ROUTED — At Houston, Aubrey Coleman scored 33 points as Houston (7-3) beat Texas Christian (6-6).
• COWBOYS LOSE — At Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jordan Eglseder scored 28 points to carry Northern Iowa (9-1) past Wyoming (6-6).
• WILDCATS HIT 13-0 — At Lexington, Ky., John Wall scored 19 points, leading No. 3 Kentucky to an 86-73 victory over Long Beach State (6-6).
• WEST VIRGINIA PERFECT — At Morgantown, W.Va., Wellington Smith scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and No. 6 West Virginia got to 9-0 with a 76-66 victory over No. 15 Mississippi (10-2).
• HOT START — At Knoxville, Tenn., the No. 16 Volunteers (9-2) took a 22-0 lead while coasting past North Carolina A&T, 99-78.