Marcus Denmon had gathered four 3-pointers and 17 points before he stepped to the free-throw line with 9.2 seconds left and Missouri leading by one against Oral Roberts on Wednesday night in Tulsa, Okla. But Denmon missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving the ball back to the Golden Eagles.
After racing down the court, Dominique Morrison found Michael Craion open under the basket. Craion’s shot went off the backboard, bounced high off the rim and finally fell through to give Oral Roberts a stunning 60-59 win, denying Missouri what had looked to be its first road win of the season.
"He (Craion) just kind of heaved it up there, and it bounced in, got the bounce," forward Justin Safford said in a phone interview after the game. "... It hurts because we had it, and we let it slip through our hands.”
Oral Roberts trailed by as much as 11 but cut Missouri’s lead to one with 1:27 left. Keith Ramsey missed a layup on the Tigers’ next possession, giving the Golden Eagles the ball with a chance to regain the lead.