Sam Houston, which was in sole possession of second place in the Southland Conference at the beginning of the week, has now slipped to third following an 80-71 loss at Central Arkansas Thursday night and this loss to ORU (16-13, 10-6). ORU is in sixth place.
SHSU held a 72-69 lead with 3:16 remaining, but the Bearkats managed just a single point after that. ORU scored 11 points in the final 2:53. Billbury had four free throws, Shawn Glover, who finished with 21 points, had a layup and three free throws while Bobby Word and Brandon Conley each added a free throw.
Jabari Peters scored 26 points for the Bearkats (19-9, 11-5).