KANSAS CITY, Mo.-All five starters scored in double figures as Oral Roberts closed out the regular season with an 89-72 Summit League victory over UMKC, Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.
The win gives ORU (19-12 overall, 13-5 Summit) a season-best five-game winning streak heading into next weekend’s Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Michael Craion (Kansas City, Mo.) led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Craion turned in a dominant performance, adding 11 rebounds and four blocked shots while holding UMKC (12-17, 6-12) leading scorer Jay Couisnard to 3-of-17 shooting in a showdown of the Summit’s top newcomers.
ORU led by as many as 14 points in the first half when a free throw by Holdman gave ORU a 37-23 lead with 6:30 left before halftime. UMKC battled back and closed to within 38-33 with 3:58 in the half before ORU stepped up its play and settled for a 44-33 halftime lead.
The Golden Eagles were never challenged in the second half.
Trey McKinney-Jones led the Kangaroos with 17 points, while Couisnard finished with 15 points on the strength of 8-of-9 free throw shooting.
ORU shot 55.6 percent from the field and 67.5 percent (27-40) from the free throw line, while out-rebounding UMKC by a 46-29 margin. UMKC shot just 35.8 percent from the field.
The Golden Eagles enter next week’s Summit tournament as the No. 3 seed and while square off against sixth-seeded North Dakota State, 8:30 p.m., Sunday, March 7 at the Sioux Falls Civic Center.