SHAWNEE – Richard Shields scored a career-high 17 points, leading No. 19 St. Gregory's to a 69-64 win over Concordia (Neb.) Saturday at W.P. Wood Field House.
SHAWNEE – Richard Shields scored a career-high 17 points, leading No. 19 St. Gregory's to a 69-64 win over Concordia (Neb.) Saturday at W.P. Wood Field House. Despite its lowest scoring output of the year, SGU hit the 10-win mark for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Shields finished 7 of 8 from the floor and pulled down nine rebounds – also a career best. He and the Cavs (10-1) made a critical early-second half run and then held on late to sweep their non-conference slate (9-0), including five wins over ranked NAIA DI and DII opponents. SGU shot 48 percent from the field and forced 20 Bulldog turnovers. Shields was one of four Cavs in double figures. T.J. Thornton also had 17 points and totaled three steals and three assists. Up by two at halftime, the home team came out firing in the second frame. SGU hit five of its first six shots and led 51-41 after a Jaron Vierra dunk and Thornton free throw. Concordia got to within four with 10:46 to play after a 6-0 run and then cut it to two at 57-55 with 7:28 to go. But despite missing 11 of their final 16 free throws, the Cavs were able to hold on to improve to 7-1 in games decided by 10 points or less. Shields and Thornton help keep the visitors at arm's length, totaling eight of their team's final 12 points. Down 67-64, the Bulldogs had a shot to tie the game or cut into the lead with less than 10 seconds to play, but Deondre White's shot was off the mark in the paint. SGU's leading scorer, Marty Wilkerson, was held scoreless in the second half after scoring 13 in the first. Josiah Campbell just missed a double-double, scoring 10 points with nine boards. Concordia's Robby Thomas led all players with 20 points and 14 rebounds. SGU held a slim 37-35 lead after a first half that featured seven ties and nine lead changes. The Cavs' largest lead of the frame came early – an 11-6 advantage with 14:57 to go. SGU, however, would make only two of its next 12 shots and the lead flipped to 24-19 Concordia with 5:15 remaining. The Cavs were able to recover late, hitting their last six shots from the floor to regain the advantage heading into the break. SGU shot 48 percent compared to 45 percent for the visitors. Wilkerson had 13 points on 4 of 6 shooting to lead all players. Shields posted 11 on 4 of 5 from the floor. SGU (10-1) resumes conference play January 4 at USAO. Tip time is set for 5 p.m. in Chickasha. Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU's sports information director.