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.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
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