Lufile and Golden Eagles off to Sweet 16 at NCAA Tournament


Published March 22, 2021 at 4:00 pm

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Milton’s Elijah Lufile and the Golden Eagles are soaring into the Sweet 16.

Oral Roberts continued their surprising run in the NCAA Basketball Tournament pulling off their second-straight upset in defeating Florida, 81-78, Sunday night in Indianapolis.

The Golden Eagles are just the second No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the round of 16, joining Florida Gold Coast (2013).

Lufile and Oral Roberts opened the tournament with a stunning upset win over No. 2 seed Ohio State and will look to continue their magical run when they try to eliminate No. 3 see Arkansas this weekend.

The Razorbacks defeated Oral Roberts, 87-76, in an earlier game back on Dec. 20.

Kevin Obanor poured in 28 points and Max Abrams knocked down 26 to lead the Golden Eagles (18-10), who trailed Florida (15-10) by 11 points with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Lufile, who attended Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Milton, didn’t get on the score sheet. The six-foot-eight, 275 lbs. junior forward averaged 5.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.2 assists for the Golden Eagles this season.


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