CEDAR HILL, Texas – Northwood (Texas) had five players in double figures and used a hot shooting night to knock off No. 11 St. Gregory's, 110-107, Thursday. The Knights, who entered the game only 1-6 in games decided by 10 points or fewer, turned the tables by shooting 59 percent for the contest. SGU had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Northwood shot 63 percent in the second half alone – part of a 60-point performance in the final 20 minutes. The Knights led by as many as 12 in the second half but had to hold off the Cavaliers in the game's waning moments.
Down 105-93 with 2:27 to play, SGU mounted a furious rally in which they scored 12 of the contest's next 13 points. Marty Wilkerson, the Sooner Athletic Conference's leading scorer, hit a three-pointer from the wing to cap the rally, and the visitors found themselves down only 106-105 with 15 seconds to play.
But that's as close as they would get. Northwood hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it a 2-point game, and then went back to the line after SGU turned it over on the inbounds. They made 1 of 2 again with nine seconds to play to push the lead to 108-105, and the Cavs' Zack Samaha was fouled driving to the bucket with four seconds remaining. He hit 1 of 2, but time ran out on SGU as Northwood salted it away at the line.
The loss dampened a career night for junior transfer Jaron Vierra. The forward from Georgetown, Texas, scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. He finished 11 of 22 from the field, including a career-best 7 of 11 from three-point range. Wilkerson was 5 of 6 from beyond the arc and totaled 23 points for the game.
The Cavs shot 46 from the field, but had trouble at the charity stripe where they were only 20 of 35 (57 percent) as a team. SGU outrebounded the Knights 46-42 and forced 18 Northwood turnovers.
SGU (13-2, 4-2 SAC) hosts No. 2 Southwestern Assemblies of God in a showdown of ranked SAC foes Saturday. Tip time is set for 5 p.m. at W.P. Wood Field House.
Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.