Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Dominique Morrison hit the game-winning jumper with 2.5 seconds left as Oral Roberts edged Rice, 80-78, in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
Morrison finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Golden Eagles (5-8), who snapped a four game losing streak. Damen Bell-Holter posted 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Warren Niles and Steven Roundtree scored 16 and 15 points, respectively.
With three minutes left in the game, Trey Stanton hit two free throws to knot the game at 72-72. That ended a 12-4 run by Rice where Kazemi scored eight points.
Oral Roberts answered back with four straight free-throws to push the lead to 76-72. The teams weretied again at 76 with 65 seconds left after Jackson made two free throws.
Bell-Holter hit a jumper to give the Eagles a 78-76 edge with less than a minute to play. But during the ensuing possession, Connor Frizzelle squared the score away with a jumper just before Morrison hit the game winner with seconds remaining.
Oral Roberts started the game by making its first four shots for a 9-3 lead. Roundtree led the burst with two layups.
The margin grew to nine midway through the first half after Morrison made a three and Roundtree hit jumper to make it 22-13.
Jackson’s three-point play started an 11-7 run for Rice. Kazemi’s tip-in finished the stretch with 6 1/2 minutes left.
Bell-Holter hit a long three-pointer with time running out to give the Golden Eagles a 47-38 lead at the half.