TULSA, Okla. -- Warren Niles scored 19 points and Oral Roberts handed Missouri State its first loss of the season, 68-63, on Wednesday night.
The Golden Eagles (5-2) have won five straight and are off to their best start since the 2004-2005 season when they won their first eight games.Dominique Morrison added 13 points, Roderick Pearson 11 and Michael Craion 10 for Oral Roberts. The Eagles also got 12 rebounds and eight points from Steven Roundtree.Kyle Weems had 22 points for Missouri State (4-1) and Caleb Patterson added 14.Oral Roberts led 36-22 at halftime and maintained that cushion for most of the second half. A Weems 3-pointer with 3:50 left got the Bears within 57-50, and he added another trey with 32 seconds remaining to make it 65-60. A 3-pointer from Anthony Downing brought Missouri State within 66-63 with 8 seconds left before Niles closed it out with a pair of free throws.