TULSA, Okla. -- Warren Niles opened the game with three straight 3-pointers and finished with 25 points as Oral Roberts defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 56-51 Saturday night.
Oral Roberts shot just 39 percent but held a significant advantage at the free-throw line, hitting 16 of 23 foul shots while the Islanders went 4 for 4.
The Golden Eagles scored the first eight points of the second half to go ahead 39-25 but later went 11:14 without a field goal as the Islanders pulled within 43-42 at the 4:32 mark. A basket by Niles ended the drought and started a 10-4 run to push the lead to 53-46 with 14 seconds left.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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