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November 20, 2012

Niles leads ORU past Pacific, 69-67

STOCKTON, Calif. — Oral Roberts got 56 of 69 points from three starters, including late baskets by Warren Niles as the Golden Eagles started a four-game road streak with a 69-67 victory at Pacific late Monday night.

The Golden Eagles (2-1) led for more than 35 minutes of the game but found themselves trailing late as Pacific (1-2) continued to hit from beyond the arc, connecting on 10 3-pointers in the game, and leading with less than four minutes to play.

"It was a great win," said Coach Scott Sutton. "Any time you can go on the road and get a win this early in the year it takes a terrific effort. I'm really proud of our guys. I thought we played really well and built an 11-point lead but we turned the ball over and let them back in it. When they took a three-point lead I was really proud of how they responded. I thought they overcame some adversity and I thought they grew up a little bit tonight to fight back and win a tough basketball game. I'm really proud of these guys. Warren made some big time plays, Steven made some big time plays and Damen did as well. Your veteran guys have to step up and make plays, especially on the road, and they did that tonight."

Down one with 3:16 to go, ORU got a 3-pointer by Damen Bell-Holter-his first of the season-and ORU would never trail again. A Ross Rivera jumper tied the game for the eighth time, but back-to-back baskets by Niles, part of his 26-point effort, iced the game for ORU.

Niles scored 26-plus for the second game in a row after dropping 29 against St. Gregory's, while Steven Roundtree added 19 points and Bell-Holter had his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds, leading ORU to a 36-22 rebounding advantage.

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