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December 9, 2009
TULSA, Okla.(AP) Michael Craion's layup with nine-tenths of a second left and interception of the ensuing inbounds pass capped a late rally that gave Oral Roberts a 60-59 victory over Missouri on Wednesday night.
Dominique Morrison scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half for the Golden Eagles (6-4). Morrison had seven of Oral Roberts' last 11 points and assisted Craion's winning basket. Craion had 14 points and eight rebounds.
Marcus Denmon came off the bench to score 17 points for Missouri (5-3), but missed a free throw on the front end of a one-and-one with 9.2 seconds left.
Craion grabbed the rebound and passed it to Morrison, who fed Craion for the winning shot that bounced around the rim twice before falling through the net.
J.T. Tiller added 13 points and Justin Safford scored 10 for the Tigers, who held their biggest lead at 50-39 after Laurence Bowers' tip-in with 8:21 remaining. Missouri still led 55-45 before Kyron Stokes' layup with 5:45 left began Oral Roberts' final surge.
Morrison's three-point play cut Missouri's lead to 57-56 with 1:22 left. Bowers' tip-in with 46 seconds remaining gave Missouri a three-point lead. Kevin Ford's dunk on an assist from Morrison reduced the Golden Eagles' deficit to 59-58 with 10 seconds left and then Denmon was fouled on the inbounds pass.
Ford had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Oral Roberts, which outrebounded Missouri, 39-32.
Missouri didn't lead until ending the first half with 12 consecutive points, the last an 8-foot shot by Safford with 4 seconds remaining for a 26-24 lead at intermission.
Craion scored the first three points of the second half to give the Golden Eagles a 27-26 edge, but Tiller answered with a 3-pointer to put the Tigers ahead 29-27. Missouri led the rest of the game until the final second.
Oral Roberts jumped out a 6-0 lead as Missouri did not score in the first three minutes. The Golden Eagles remained ahead for most of the first half and led 24-14 with 2:20 left before the Tigers tied the game with a 10-0 run ignited by Denmon's trey and 3-point play.