Southern Utah 62

(8-18, 6-9 Summit)

Oral Roberts 71

(19-6, 14-1 Summit)

    8:05 PM ET, February 19, 2008

    Mabee Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

    1 2 T
    SUU 29 3362
    ORU 36 3571

    Top Performers

    Southern Utah: G. Payne 35 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Oral Roberts: M. Lewis 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Oral Roberts 71, S. Utah 62

    Associated Press

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Marcus Lewis scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and had a key late basket to help Oral Roberts outlast Southern Utah 71-62 in a Summit League game on Tuesday night.

    Lewis, a 6-foot-8 junior, was 6-of-10 from the field and on free throws to help the Golden Eagles (19-6, 14-1 Summit) withstand 6-7 junior Geoff Payne's career-high 35 points and 15 rebounds for the Thunderbirds (8-18, 6-9).

    The Golden Eagles went on a 17-0 run midway through the first half and led the rest of the game, including 36-29 at halftime.

    But the Thunderbirds, who trailed 55-44 with 7:50 remaining, went on a 14-7 run that included eight points from Payne to cut their deficit to 62-58 before a Lewis basket with 1:30 left.

    Tyler Quinney countered by sinking a 15-footer with 1:10 remaining to reduce Oral Roberts' advantage to 64-60. Southern Utah, however, did not get any closer as the Golden Eagles made 5-of-8 free throws in the final 55 seconds and Shawn King added a dunk in the final seconds to repel the Thunderbirds.

    King, Adam Liberty and Robert Jarvis scored 10 points apiece for Oral Roberts, which swept the two-game season series with the Thunderbirds.

    Dave Marek contributed 13 points and four assists for Southern Utah.

    The Golden Eagles made 22-of-32 free throws compared to 13-of-18 for Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds outrebounded Oral Roberts 35-28.

    The Golden Eagles have won 12 of its past 13, losing to IUPUI 69-66 on Saturday.

    Southern Utah jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes as Payne scored four and Marek had a 3-pointer. Oral Roberts countered with 17 consecutive points, including eight from Liberty, to take a 21-10 lead midway through the first half.

    After a Marchello Vealy trey and Kelvin Sango's two free throws gave the Golden Eagles their largest lead at 31-19 with 4:04 remaining in the half, the Thunderbirds responded with an 8-0 run that included four points each from Payne and Marek.

    Lewis, however, countered with a three-point play that boosted Oral Roberts' lead to 34-27. Payne and Jarvis then traded baskets in the final 30 seconds of the half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 62 71
    FG Made-Attempted 24-51 (.471) 23-51 (.451)
    3P Made-Attempted 1-8 (.125) 3-13 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-18 (.722) 22-32 (.688)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 12

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