Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Printed 9: 59 p.m. ET March 21, 2021 | Updated 12: 07 a.m. ET March 22, 2021
Oral Roberts silenced the epic that or now not it is a one-upset surprise.
The Golden Eagles knocked off Florida, 81-78, on Sunday in thrilling vogue in the males’s NCAA Tournament second round to proceed their Cinderella run as a No. 15 seed – moral two days after stunningly upsetting No. 2 Ohio Deliver.
The faculty that moral joined Division I in 2013 is now absolute best the second No. 15 seed (Florida Gulf Fly the replacement) to make it to the second weekend of March Madness.
Oral Roberts (18-10) took down the No. 7 seeded Gators by following the identical blueprint it faded to shock the Buckeyes: fueling off the 1-2 punch of Max Abmas (26 facets, seven assists) and Kevin Obanor (28 facets, 11 rebounds, four steals).
The Golden Eagles’ stars had been vivid in the mutter, then again it became once a job player – DeShang Weaver – who drained the decisive three-pointer with 2: 10 last to give Oral Roberts an 80-78 edge. Obanor’s free-throw with 17 seconds helped seal the mutter.
“As I told the guys, we’re now not going to let any individual build a quantity in entrance of our name and uncover us that that’s our rate, or that’s our mark,” Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills acknowledged. “We’re now not capitulating to anybody right here.”
Florida led 67-56 with 9: 48 to saunter however went frigid as the Golden Eagles mounted their rally. After trailing all over most of the sport and the second half, Obanor gave Oral Roberts its first lead since the predominant half with 2: 52 last.
Florida closes its season in disappointing vogue after shedding its absolute best player, Keyontae Johnson, to a life-threatening wound attend in December. The Gators done 15-10 on the season. Tre Mann led them in a shedding effort with 19 facets.
Oral Roberts, the Summit League champion, meets Arkansas in the Sweet 16 for a sport that will seemingly be a rematch. The Golden Eagles lost to the Razorbacks earlier this season in an 87-76 resolution on Dec. 20.
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