ORU’s Niles led Saturday victory

February 21, 2013

For the second game in a row, Oral Roberts (16-10, 11-3, SLC) got a hot start from senior Warren Niles and the Golden Eagles held on beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-19, 3-10, SLC) 56-51 on Saturday night at the Mabee Center.

Niles led all scorers with 25 points, while Damen Bell-Holter and D.J. Jackson each added 10. Bell-Holter added 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season. Johnathan Jordan posted a 20-point effort for the Islanders while Hameed Ali added 11 points as the only two Islanders in double figures. Jordan also had seven of the team’s nine assists, while Nate Maxey had six blocks in 19 minutes of action, falling one short of the Mabee Center record for an opponent.

ORU shot just 38 percent, including an 0-11 stretch from the field in the middle of the second half. The Golden Eagles held Corpus Christi to 51 points, the lowest point total for an opponent since allowing just 41 to St. Gregory’s.

Niles had the hot hand early and took full advantage of it, nailing five of his first six 3-point attempts.

ORU hosted Central Arkansas on Tuesday night and will host Weber State at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in a nonconference matchup determined by BracketBuster participation.