North Dakota State 55, Akron 46
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Lawrence Alexander scored 22 points and made 10 of 10 free throws to lead North Dakota State to a 55-46 win over Akron on Tuesday night.
Kory Brown scored 15, Dexter Werner grabbed 16 rebounds, and the Bison (6-4) converted 17 Akron fouls into 17 of 20 free throws.
Deji Ibitayo led Akron (6-4) with 10 points and Kwan Cheatham Jr. had 11 rebounds.
The Bison led 10-4 after a 3-pointer and layup by Brown, but Akron clawed back to trail 18-17 after a 3-pointer by Noah Robotham. Brown scored 10 points in the half and the Bison led 22-19 at halftime. Both teams shot less than 30 percent from the field.
Akron trailed by four in the second half after Ibitayo hit two free throws at 5:42, but the Bison used a 12-4 run, in which Alexander scored eight, to pull ahead.
15/15 Oklahoma 85, Oral Roberts 53
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 16 points to help No. 15 Oklahoma defeat Oral Roberts 85-53 on Tuesday night.
TaShawn Thomas, a senior transfer from the University of Houston, followed up his 25-point outing against Tulsa last Saturday by scoring 14 points for the Sooners. He got up holding his right wrist after going after a loose ball with 15:17 to play and did not return.
Ryan Spangler had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Cousins scored 13 points and Jordan Woodard added eight points and eight assists for Oklahoma (7-2), which shot 54 percent from the field to win its third straight.
Bobby Word led Oral Roberts (4-5) with 19 points. Oral Roberts' Obi Emegano, a guard who entered the game leading the Golden Eagles with 16.9 points per game, went scoreless and missed all three of his shots in 26 minutes.
Albert Owens added 12 for Oral Roberts, which had won its previous two games. The Sooners held the Golden Eagles to 33 percent shooting.
Oral Roberts scored first, but the Sooners scored the next nine points. Thomas scored 10 points in the first 6:06, including three dunks, to help Oklahoma take control.
Frank Booker's long 2-pointer as time expired in the first half put the Sooners up 39-24. The Sooners shot 50 percent from the field before the break and held Oral Roberts to 36 percent shooting.
Isaiah Cousins hit a 3-pointer in the first minute of the second half, and Thomas followed with a layup to push the margin to 20.
A breakaway dunk by Spangler after a steal by Hield bumped Oklahoma's advantage to 55-26.
An alley-oop dunk by Hield on an assist from C.J. Cole made it an 80-42 game.