Dominique Morrison had 36 points to lead Oral Roberts to an 85-76 win over North Dakota State in Summit League men's basketball Saturday, Feb. 4, before a crowd of 4,464 at the Bison Sports Arena.
Damen Bell-Holter added 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Golden Eagles (21-5, 13-1). Roderick Pearson scored 12 points, Warren Niles had 11 and Steven Roundtree 10 for ORU.
Mike Felt made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to lead North Dakota State (15-8, 8-5). Lawrence Alexander had 16 points and nine assists, Taylor Braun scored 13, Marshall Bjorklund 12 and Eric Carlson 10 for NDSU.
The Bison led by as many as five points midway through the first half, but ORU went on a 9-1 run to go ahead for good. Bell-Holter had 12 points and seven rebounds before halftime and ORU took a 35-29 lead into the locker room.
The Golden Eagles extended their lead to 11 early in the second half, but NDSU slowly got back within two when Alexander's layup made it 52-50 with 10:39 left. Alexander was whistled for a charge after the shot, which negated a potential three-point play.
Braun, who had 10 of his 13 in the second half, made a 3-pointer at the 7:28 mark to get NDSU within 62-60, but ORU responded with six straight points and kept the Bison at bay the rest of the night.
ORU shot 60 percent from the field and was 23-for-30 at the foul line for 76.7 percent, including 8 of 10 in the final two minutes to keep the lead. Morrison was 10-for-17 overall and made 14 of 16 at the line.
NDSU shot 51 percent overall (25 of 49) and was 10 of 21 from the 3-point line for 47.6 percent. The Bison were 16-for-21 at the foul line.
ORU had a 26-23 advantage in total rebounds and converted 14 points off 11 NDSU turnovers. Bjorklund led the Bison with six rebounds.
North Dakota State is scheduled to play at UMKC at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, and South Dakota at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.