Oral Roberts holds off Southern Utah 68-53

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TULSA, Okla. (AP)—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.

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.

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 Southern Utah
Ryan Brimley Ryan Brimley
7-12,  19 Pts
3 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Oral Roberts
Michael Craion Michael Craion
8-13,  22 Pts
9 Rebs, 1 Assists

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