KANSAS CITY – Curtis Jones found Michael Harris twice in the closing minutes and Harris connected to extend Langston’s lead to just out of reach of Biola.

The Lions won their first NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament game in their fifth trip to the tournament, holding off Biola (Calif.), 78-76, in Municipal Auditorium.

Harris scored the final five points of the game for Langston, as he hit shots both inside and outside the arc. The senior finished with a game-high 22 points.OSB-LU-150

LU (23-9) had four players score in double figures. Terrell Jones put in 20, Daryle Morgan, Jr. had 14 and Curtis Jones scored 10. Curtis Jones also had eight assists, including the big two at the end, and four rebounds.

Dakari Archer and Trevor Treinin each scored 16 for Biola, who finished the year at 26-6.

Just eight minutes into the game, Langston trailed by nine, the largest margin of the game for either team, at 20-11. The Lions then went on an 11-2 run to knot things up at 22-all.

Langston then built a lead of its own and held a 46-40 advantage at halftime.

Biola came right back and scored the first nine points of the second half and the two teams stayed within four points of each other through the remainder of the game.

The Lions finally regained the lead they would hold on Terrell Jones’ short-range jumper, which put LU up 72-70 with 4:21 to go.

Langston shot better than 51 percent from the field (27-of-52) and 50 percent from the three-point line (9-of-18). Harris was 3-of-3 from long range.

Langston will next face Dillard (La.) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT.

Joey McWilliams lives in Durant. He founded and provides the bulk of the content for OklahomaSports.Net. He is a long-time sports journalist, having covered sports via radio, newspaper, television and the Internet since 2000. Joey was the color analyst for the Southeastern Savage Storm football and basketball teams from 2001-2011 and again for football in 2015. He also does play-by-play for Southeastern volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball on radio and streaming Internet video for Mix 96.1 in Durant. He can also be seen on the GAC Sports Network and as the play-by-play announcer on the Showcase Game of the Week high school football broadcast on KSBI in OKC. Joey is an alum of both Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University. He completed his second bachelor's degree in 2012, a journalism/broadcasting degree at OSU in sports media. He earned first place in the television sports play-by-play category in the 2012 OAB/OBEA competition. Joey also broadcasts regularly on the NFHS Network and was on ESPN3 for the 2015 Live United Texarkana Bowl and on the call of the 2016 Great American Conference basketball tournaments. Additionally, he is a recurring guest on the Spano and Black Attack on the Sports Byline USA Network. He also coached high school girls' and boys' basketball for seven years and high school football for one season at Victory Life Academy.