ORU can't complete comeback against visiting Western Illinois
TULSA, Okla. (AP) —
Garrett Covington scored 20 points, Jeremiah Usiosefe scored 10 and the game-winning free throws, and Western Illinois held off Oral Roberts 63-60 on Wednesday night to end a two-game skid.
Covington's jumper capped a 13-2 second-half run and the Leathernecks pulled ahead 44-32, then led by 13, 60-47, on his 3-pointer with 5:02 to play. Kris Martin hit three straight 3-pointers, Aaron Young made a layup and the Golden Eagles closed to 60-58 with 1:13 left.
Usiosefe's free throw put Western Illinois up 61-58, but Oral Roberts closed to 61-60 on Jalen Bradley's jumper with six seconds to play. Usiosefe added two from the line with a second left and the Golden Eagles didn't get another shot.
C.J. Duff added 12 points for Western Illinois (8-15, 5-7 Summit).
Aaron Anderson scored 14 points with nine rebounds for Oral Roberts (7-19, 3-9), which has lost five straight. Martin and Albert Owens also scored 14.