Oral Roberts continues historic run into Sweet 16

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 21: Carlos Jurgens #11 of the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles reacts in the first half against the Florida Gators in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on March 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 21: Carlos Jurgens #11 of the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles reacts in the first half against the Florida Gators in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on March 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For most of the second half on Sunday, Florida held Oral Roberts and NCAA history at bay. 

But the Golden Eagles would not be denied, riding a late 9-2 run to take a late 77-76 lead and stun No. 7 seed Florida in a 81-78 win. 

With the victory, Oral Roberts joins the 2013 Florida Gulf Coast as the second No. 15 seed in NCAA tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16. The win follows up ORU's stunning win over No. 2 seed Ohio State in Friday's first round. 

Oral Roberts advances to take on No. 3 seed Arkansas in next weekend's third round. It does so in its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2008.

The Golden Eagles played the Gators tight from the tip before Florida ended the first half on an 8-2 run for a 42-37 halftime lead. Florida would extend the lead to as much as 10 points at 59-49, appearing in control, but unable to put the underdog Golden Eagles away. 

Oral Roberts made Florida pay with a late run capped by a DeShang Weaver 3-pointer that gave the Golden Eagles an 80-78 lead. A Kevin Obanor free throw extended the lead to the game's final margin before Florida's frantic last-ditch effort came up short. 

Oral Roberts pulled off the upset despite allowing Florida to shoot 55.2 percent from the field and losing the rebounding battle, 37-24. It made up the difference on the free throw line where ORU connected on 19 of 23 attempts (82.6%). Florida, meanwhile only attempted nine free throws, making seven.

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