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Scoring Drought Leads to Loss for Oral Roberts

Sam Houston's Corey Allmond, front, shoots past Oral Robert's Damen Bell-Holter during their Cancun Challenge NCAA basketball game in Cancun, Mexico. (AP Photo) Sam Houston's Corey Allmond, front, shoots past Oral Robert's Damen Bell-Holter during their Cancun Challenge NCAA basketball game in Cancun, Mexico. (AP Photo)

Originally Published: Nov 24, 2009 5:4 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

CANCUN, Mexico -- Four players scored in double figures, but a five-minute scoring drought late in the second half doomed Oral Roberts in a 71-65 loss to Sam Houston State in the Cancun Challenge Tuesday.

The Golden Eagles (2-3) went on a 15-2 run to jump out to a five-point lead with slightly more than 11 minutes to play. The Bearkats (3-2) quickly responded to take another lead, and then the next five minutes decided the game.

ORU did not score for the next 5:12, allowing Sam Houston State to go on an 11-0 run. Michael Craion ended that run with a pair of free throws, but the Bearkats never surrendered their lead. The Golden Eagles were able to come within a point twice, but the Bearkats held off the push both times.

Craion led ORU with 14 points, despite a 5-for-14 shooting effort. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, had two assists and two steals. Dominique Morrison added 11 points, seven boards and three assists.

ORU shot 43.9 percent from the field and 78.6 percent (11-14) from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles out-rebounded SHSU, 37-29, but ORU’s 17 turnovers led to 21 points by the Bearkats. Sam Houston State shot 50 percent from the field, despite a 1-for-12 effort from 3-point range.

Corey Allmond led all scorers with 17 points for the Bearkats, while Ashton Mitchell added 16.

The Golden Eagles take on Florida A&M, 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, in ORU’s final Cancun Challenge game.

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