The St. Gregory's University men's basketball team overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to defeat Baker University 73-66 Saturday at W.P. Wood Field House.
SGU senior Fayzon Richey recorded his fourth consecutive double-double in his team's fourth consecutive win. Richey, who became SGU's all-time leading scorer on Friday, scored a game-high 30 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
"We came out pretty sluggish, but I was proud of the way we fought back," said SGU coach John Martin. "We really showed a lot of character, especially in the final 20 minutes."
Baker came out of the gates hot, hitting eight of its first 14 shots in taking a 21-10 lead at the 11:38 mark.
The visitors made 5 of 7 from three-point range during that stretch. The Cavs took a page from the Wildcats and used the three-ball to get back into the game. Richey and forward Brock Vorwald each nailed two from long-distance over the next five minutes to cut the lead to 28-26. SGU closed the half on an 11-5 run and led 37-33 at intermission.
The Cavs carried that momentum into the second half, hitting seven of its first 14 shots to take its largest lead of the game at 55-41 with 12 minutes remaining.
Baker would make it interesting, going on an 18-8 run over the next seven minutes to cut the lead to four.
Richey responded quickly, though, connecting on a three-pointer from the left wing on SGU's next trip down the court, and Baker never got any closer.
Richey scored 20 of his 30 points in the second half.
"We beat two pretty good teams this weekend in Texas Wesleyan and Baker," Martin said. "This will definitely give us some confidence going forward."
SGU (5-2) shot 45 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range for the game. Vorwald finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
The Cavs return to action next Friday and Saturday at the Southwestern Christian University Classic in Bethany. SGU doesn't return home until January 3 against Wayland Baptist.
Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.