NCAA Basketball

Obanor, Malone spark Oral Roberts off the bench

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Reserves Kevin Obanor, with 19 points, and Kaelen Malone, with 11 assists, sparked Oral Roberts to an 82-63 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday night.

Obanor added six rebounds and Malone had eight points and three steals for the Golden Eagles (7-11, 3-0 Summit League). Emmanuel Nzekwesi finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals for ORU. The Golden Eagles made 11 of 23 3-pointers, including 4 of 5 by Francis Lacis, who scored 12 points. He is shooting 57 percent from distance in league games.

Kobe Webster had 15 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Leathernecks (6-10, 1-2) and Isaac Johnson added 15 points off the bench.

After a tight opening eight minutes Oral Roberts went on a 23-0 run to take a 35-11 lead with 7:21 remaining in the first half. The Golden Eagles led 48-26 at halftime and by at least 17 throughout the second half.

Updated January 5, 2019

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