Charlie Shorter scored a game-high 26 points as Mid-America Christian pulled away in the second half for an 81-66 win over St. Gregory's Thursday night at the Gaulke Activity Center.
The Cavaliers dropped their sixth consecutive game and fourth in a row to begin Sooner Athletic Conference play.
The contest featured the top two scorers in the conference in Fayzon Richey and Shorter, who entered the game first and second, respectively. Richey finished with 24 points on 9-of-21 shooting, leaving him 13 points shy of 2,000 for his career.
Shorter had the better supporting cast Thursday night, as teammates Camilo Valencia and Josh Minner each had season highs in points. Valencia finished with 20, while Minner had 16. SGU freshman Tim Stromberg was the only other Cav in double figures with 10.
SGU had a 47-38 advantage on the boards but committed a season-high 27 turnovers.
The Cavs trailed only 35-31 at the break despite 14 first-half turnovers. SGU made up for that deficiency by outrebounding the home team 27-17 in the first 20 minutes. The Evangels had their largest lead of the half - nine points - with 2:31 remaining, but Richey's three-pointer just before the buzzer capped an 11-6 run that cut it to four.
Richey led all scorers with 15 at halftime on 6-of-13 shooting. Shorter had 14 at the break for MACU.
The Evangels made five of their first seven shots to open the second half, building the lead to 47-38 with 15:26 remaining. SGU cut it to one at the 13:15 mark on a Richey basket, but the Cavs couldn't overtake the home team.
It was 56-51 MACU with just more than nine minutes left when the Evangels went on a decisive 23-7 run over a seven-minute span to put the game away. Shorter scored seven consecutive points to put an exclamation point on that run.
SGU returns to action at 5 p.m. Saturday at Rogers State.
Note: Reports provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.
Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.