Oral Roberts pins first loss on Lobos

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.

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