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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Upset bid falls short for Cavs

  • Dylan Lemley’s baseline jumper at the buzzer fell short and so did St. Gregory’s upset bid Thursday night at W.P. Wood Field House. The Cavaliers dropped a 63-61 decision to No. 25 John Brown in a hard-fought game that featured six ties and seven lead changes.
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  • Dylan Lemley’s baseline jumper at the buzzer fell short and so did St. Gregory’s upset bid Thursday night at W.P. Wood Field House. The Cavaliers dropped a 63-61 decision to No. 25 John Brown in a hard-fought game that featured six ties and seven lead changes.
     
    SGU (6-7, 0-3 Sooner Athletic Conference) had a chance to tie or take the lead on its last two possessions but couldn’t convert on either, falling for the fifth consecutive game and the 11th time overall versus the Golden Eagles.
     
    Down 62-61 with 28 seconds remaining, the Cavs forced a turnover on an inbounds pass and had a chance to go ahead. But Josiah Campbell’s running hook in the lane clanged off the front of the rim with eight seconds left, forcing the Cavs to foul.
     
    After JBU’s Kurtis Phillips made one of two free throws, SGU drove the length of the floor and Lemley’s off-balanced jumper didn’t draw iron as the buzzer sounded.
     
    Fayzon Richey, who came into the game 60 points shy of 2,000 career points, scored a game-high 23. The Golden Eagles, who rank third in the NAIA in field-goal percentage defense, limited the Cavs to 35 percent shooting. SGU, however, had a 45-28 advantage on the boards and converted 20 second-chance points.
     
    SGU returns to action next Thursday at Mid-America Christian. That game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip.
     
    John Brown’s women used a strong defensive effort in the second half to overcome an early deficit and defeat St. Gregory’s Lady Cavaliers 72-63 Thursday night. The Golden Eagles trailed by six at halftime but held the Lady Cavs to 19 percent shooting in the second half en route to its third win in four games.
     
    SGU (7-10, 0-3 SAC) lost its fifth consecutive game despite a season-high 21 points from Porsche Young. Like most of the Lady Cavs, the junior did her damage in the first half. Young was held without a field goal in the final 20 minutes after starting 6-for-9 from the floor. Sierra Shipley led JBU with a season-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
     
    The loss came despite another good defensive effort from SGU, which held its 14th opponent to below 40 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles shot 38 percent but their 47-34 advantage on the boards led to 17 second-chance points.
     
    Young nearly single-handedly gave SGU an early eight-point lead. She started the game 4-for-4, including three from long distance, and the Cavs went up 13-5 just six minutes in. SGU kept the visitors at arm’s length the rest of the period, as JBU got no closer than three.
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    The lead was 36-30 at halftime for SGU, which shot 47 percent. It held the Golden Eagles to only 36 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Young had 15 at the break to lead all scorers.
     
    The home team’s advantage disappeared quickly in the second half, though, as SGU made only one of its first 10 shots. JBU converted that into an 8-0 run to take its first lead at 38-36 with 17:12 left. It was 43-41 Golden Eagles with just more than 13 to play when the visitors went on another run, this time 20-8, to go up 63-49 with 6:14 left.
     
    SGU returns to action next Thursday at Mid-America Christian. That game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip.
     
    Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.
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