Knowles grabbed 10 rebounds, Brandon Pye added 13 points and the Islanders (5-10, 2-0 Southland Conference) outshot the Golden Eagles (7-8, 1-1) from the field 48.1 percent to 42.6 percent.
The lead changed hands five times before Thomas hit a layup at 9:59 and Hameed Ali followed with a jumper to put the Islanders up 20-16 and they kept Oral Roberts at arm's length for a 37-31 halftime advantage.
The Islanders opened second half with a 10-3 run and a 44-34 lead in which Pye made a layup and back-to-back 3-pointers. Oral Roberts stayed close and cut the lead to six points on a Shawn Glover layup with 3:14 to go, but got no closer.
Glover paced Oral Roberts with 21 points and Korey Billbury added 18.
DouDou Gueye, a 6-foot-10 center from Senegal, has signed with Ball State as a graduate transfer from South Carolina State.
Duke freshman point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. is transferring to USC, his father announced on Friday to Scout.com.
We have changes at the top of the draft and a shakeup in the lottery, with teams starting to make their final decisions. Get the latest in Chad Ford's Mock Draft 9.0.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|