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November 26, 2013

ORU, Arkansas among winners in holiday tourneys

CANCUN, Mexico  — Shawn Glover scored 24 points, seven in the final 1:02, as Oral Roberts squeaked by Georgia Southern 67-65 on Tuesday in the Cancun Challenge.

Glover made 10 of his 18 shots for Oral Roberts (3-3) and Korey Billbury added 21, eight rebounds. Oral Roberts made one of its 14 3-pointers, but its defense forced 13 turnovers.

Billbury scored 18 straight points for Oral Roberts at one point — stretching from the 5:14 mark in the first half, until 16:29 in the second.

Georgia Southern pulled within two (60-56) after two Jelani Hewitt free throws.

But Oral Roberts would not relinquish its lead.

Hewitt scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had five assists to lead Georgia Southern (2-4). Curtis Diamond had 12 and Tre Bussey added 11.

Oral Roberts will face Bowling Green on Wednesday, after the Falcons routed Presbyterian 67-45.

Arkansas 87,

Minnesota 83


LAHAINA, Hawaii — Alandise Harris scored 15 points and Arkansas had 52 second-half points to beat Minnesota 87-73 on Tuesday at the Maui Invitational.

Arkansas started the second half on a 10-0 run, with Anthlon Bell and Fred Gulley hitting consecutive 3-pointers to give the Razorbacks a 45-40 lead.

Arkansas (4-1) then pulled away even further, pushing for transition shots, dunks and keeping its full court pressure defense on the rest of the game.

Coty Clarke made two key plays during Arkansas’ decisive run; two plays after a dunk, he turned a Bell steal into an alley-oop dunk for Michael Qualls.

Austin Hollins led Minnesota (5-2) with 17 points. The Golden Gophers led 40-35 at halftime. Malik Smith had 13 first-half points but finished with 15.

Minnesota had a nine-minute stretch in the second half where a dunk was its only field goal to go along with eight free throws. Arkansas scored 26 points over the same span.

Arkansas shot nearly 61 percent in the second half and nearly 55 percent for the game. The Razorbacks hit 47 percent of their 3-point attempts.

Arkansas will play No. 11 Gonzaga in the tournament’s fifth-place game at 4 p.m. today after losing its first-round game to California on Monday.

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