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  • OCU’s Johnson beats Cavs with late jumper

  • Oklahoma City’s Terry Johnson hit the game-winning jumper with 2.1 seconds left, propelling the Stars to a 67-66 win over St. Gregory’s Thursday at W.P. Wood Fieldhouse.
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  • Oklahoma City’s Terry Johnson hit the game-winning jumper with 2.1 seconds left, propelling the Stars to a 67-66 win over St. Gregory’s Thursday at W.P. Wood Fieldhouse.
    Johnson, a junior from Chicago, came off a screen as the clock wound down and nailed a 19-footer from the right wing. SGU’s Fayzon Richey hoisted a desperation three-quarter court shot as time expired, but it clanged off the backboard.
    OCU (9-7, 2-6 Sooner Athletic Conference) won for the first time in six games. SGU (6-10, 0-6 SAC) lost its eighth consecutive contest.
    After a defensive first half, both teams erupted for 64 percent from the floor in a second half that saw eight ties and nine lead changes.
    The loss overshadowed a milestone achievement for Richey — who reached 2,000 career points — and a career-high 16-point effort from SGU freshman Paco Jones. Jones was 6-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Richey finished with 13 points, nine boards and four assists.
    OCU was led by 24 points from Troynell Adams. Charlton Jones and Terrance Walker each had 13.
    SGU held a 28-20 advantage at halftime after holding the visitors to 38 percent shooting. The Cavs out-rebounded the visitors 22-11 in the first 20 minutes, and seven SGU players found the scoring column before the break.
    The Stars, who came into the game No. 2 in the NAIA in free throw shooting, were just 3-of-11 from the line in the period.
    Richey passed the 2,000-point mark for his career at the 7:29 mark of the first half. Richey — SGU’s all-time leading scorer — reached the milestone on a 15-foot baseline floater. He had six points and six boards at halftime.
    OCU came out of the gate firing in the second half. The Stars cut the lead to 41-40 at the 14:02 mark after making seven of their first eight from the floor and then tied it with 12:12 left on two Charlton Jones free throws.
    OCU took its first lead of the game at 59-58 with 3:39 remaining on an Elhadji Wade breakaway. That lead changed hands eight more times as the game came down the stretch.
    The Cavs return to action at 5 p.m. Saturday at USAO.
    Oklahoma City flexed its muscle on both ends of the floor in a 94-43 rout of St. Gregory’s women Thursday night at W.P. Wood Fieldhouse.
    The No. 4 Stars shot 52 percent from the floor and held the home team without a field goal during a pivotal 12-minute stretch en route to their 15th consecutive win.
    OCU (16-2, 8-0 SAC) had five players in double figures, led by Katie Hall’s season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first time in six games that an opponent shot better than 40 percent against the Lady Cavs.
    Page 2 of 2 - Defensively, the visitors forced 33 SGU turnovers — a season high for the Lady Cavs.
    SGU was led in scoring by Porsche Young and Kalie Lucas, who each finished with 10. Leticia Silva — the Lady Cavs’ leading scorer — was held to four points on 2-of-7 shooting.
    SGU (7-13, 0-6 SAC) missed six of its first seven shots from the floor and fell behind 16-5 with 12:33 remaining in the first half. It was 18-7 OCU with just under 12 minutes left when the home team made a run. SGU hit its next four shots — capped off by a Stacy Lee 3-pointer from the wing — to cut it to two at the 7:44 mark.
    That momentum shift was short-lived, however, as the Stars put the clamps on defensively. OCU closed the half on a 24-1 run after holding the Lady Cavs without a field goal the final 8-plus minutes. Hall led all scorers with 16 at the break on 7-of-9 shooting. The Stars shot 53 percent from the field and scored 15 points off SGU’s 19 first-half turnovers.
    SGU’s field goal drought continued into the second half, allowing the Stars’ scoring spurt to balloon to 37-1 before Lucas finally found the bottom of the net with 15:55 remaining. That ended an 11:49 stretch without a bucket for SGU. The Cavs got no closer than 35 the rest of the way.
    The Lady Cavs return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday at USAO.
    Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.
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