SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Warren Niles scored 21 points and Oral Roberts opened up a big lead right away in cruising to a 72-52 win over Missouri State Saturday.
Christian Kirk scored the first basket of the game for Missouri State, but the Golden Eagles scored the next 19 points. The Bears didn't score again until 8:55 remained in the half and ORU led 40-15 at the break. Missouri State shot 20 percent in the first half and 30 percent in the game. The Golden Eagles shot 52 percent in the game.
Anthony Downing led the Bears (2-5) with 18 points. Kirk had 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.