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TULSA, Okla. - The Oral Roberts University men’s basketball team officially opened the 2012-13 campaign on Friday evening by holding their first full-squad practice of the new season. Fifteen Golden Eagles took the Mabee Center practice floor in a spirited session that lasted more than two hours.

“Our first practice was good,” said ORU Head Coach Scott Sutton. “Our guys were excited, as they should be for the first day of practice.”

The practice was ORU’s first without departed Summit League Player of the Year Dominique Morrison, but seniors Warren Niles and Damen Bell-Holter along with junior Steven Roundtree took the first steps on Friday toward replacing Morrison’s 19.8 points per game.

“Our two seniors along with Tree are about as experienced as you can get,” said Sutton. “It’s hard to replace Dominique, but those guys are very talented in their own right.”

“I’m not worried about scoring points,” Sutton said. “I think we have enough offense as long as guys are unselfish and take care of the basketball.”

Seven Golden Eagles participated in their first official practice on Friday, including junior college transfer Tramel White and seven-footer Jorden Kaufman

“You hope that a guy like Tramel, who is a junior college player, will be able to get acclimated quickly,” said Sutton. “Also a guy like Jorden, with our lack of depth inside, is going to have to help us, and he had a great fall workout getting his body stronger.”

Redshirt junior Shawn Glover took the court in anticipation for his first season on ORU’s active roster. Glover scored a team-high 30 points in last season’s Blue-White Scrimmage but redshirted during the regular season after transferring from Utah.

“Sean is a very talented player and can really score the basketball,” Sutton said of the rising junior. “It’s tough to go through a redshirt year like he did and know you’re not playing any games, so there was an excitement level there (for Sean) that wasn’t there last year.”

ORU went 27-7 last season and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. The Golden Eagles open the 2012-13 schedule on Thursday, Nov. 1 with an exhibition game against Missouri Southern, while the regular season begins on Friday, Nov. 9 against UTEP.

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