PLAINVIEW- On Saturday evening, St. Gregory's University (9-12, 5-9 SAC) lost to Wayland Baptist University (16-10, 8-6 SAC), by a final score of 92-87. The Cavs did their best to keep the game within reach, but just couldn't overcome the Pioneers' lead, late in the game. SGU was able to cut the deficit to only three points with less than a minute to go in the game, but they couldn't manage to get any closer.
The Pioneers have one of the highest scoring offenses in the nation and they shoot better than almost every other team in the nation, from 3 point range. The Pioneers lived up to both of those reputations on Saturday, by scoring 92 points, shooting 61.2 percent from the field, and 47.4 percent from 3 point range.
SGU was able to keep the game close, because of Rodney Smith (SR/Chicago, Ill.)'s and Jordan Rutherford (SR/Houston, Texas)'s huge games. Rutherford scored a game-high (and career-high) 31 points, and Smith scored 29 points. Although that dynamic duo was terrific, the Cavs had trouble finding offense elsewhere. Malik Barnett (JR/Midwest City, Okla.) scored 10 points, good for his second straight game with 10 or more points.
Russell Harrison and Ruben Lopez each scored 23 points for the Pioneers, and Maurice Redmond scored 16 points.
St. Gregory's will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 16, when play at Texas Wesleyan University at 8 PM.