PLAINVIEW, Texas – Behind a 23-point effort from Markus Monroe, Wayland Baptist downed No. 22 St. Gregory's, 91-77, Thursday night at the Hutcherson Center. The Pioneers won for the third consecutive time since losing to St. Gregory's January 20 in Shawnee. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, have dropped two of three.

PLAINVIEW, Texas – Behind a 23-point effort from Markus Monroe, Wayland Baptist downed No. 22 St. Gregory's, 91-77, Thursday night at the Hutcherson Center. The Pioneers won for the third consecutive time since losing to St. Gregory's January 20 in Shawnee. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, have dropped two of three.

WBU led for all but about a minute and a half, taking advantage of poor shooting by the visitors along the way. SGU finished at a season-worst 35 percent from the floor. Jaron Vierra was the lone bright spot for the Cavs, finishing with 21 points and nine boards.

Aside from the junior transfer, though, the rest of the SGU starters combined to shoot 11 of 43 (26 percent). That included a 3 of 18 night from Sooner Athletic Conference leading scorer Marty Wilkerson, who finished with a season-low seven points.

Monroe, meanwhile, was 6 of 16 from the floor and a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. He pulled down six rebounds and dished out seven assists. Monroe, who was one of four Pioneers in double figures, entered the game 1.6 points behind Wilkerson for the SAC scoring lead.

The Pioneers shot 43 percent overall and owned a 53-45 edge on the boards. They were plus-9 on the glass in the second half.

Trey Jones scored 15 for SGU – his third consecutive double-figure game – while T.J. Thornton added 12 to round out the Cavs' double-digit efforts.

WBU led 53-39 after a night-and-day first half. The home team was a red-hot 20 of 36 from the floor (56 percent), including 40 percent from distance. The Cavs, meanwhile, shot only 30 percent in the first 20 minutes (14 of 46).

The Pioneers led by as many as seven early, but a Wilkerson lay-up cut it to 32-28 with 6:33 to play in the first half. WBU responded with an 8-2 run that put the momentum squarely on its side, capped by a Bunja Yaboe jumper that made it 41-28 with 4:55 remaining. That advantage ballooned to 15 before settling at the 14-point halftime separation.

Monroe had a game-high 13 points, five rebounds and five assists at the break. He was 5 of 8 from the floor. The Cavs were led by Vierra's 10 points and five boards. SGU's starters combined to shoot 8-for-33 (24 percent) from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Those woes continued into the second half, where the Cavs missed eight of their first nine shots. WBU took advantage by scoring eight of the first 10 points of the period, and the lead was 61-41 with 16:50 to play. SGU cut it to 16 with 8:28 to go after Vierra hit back-to-back treys with 8:28 remaining. But the visitors treaded water from there on out, only getting it to the final margin in the game's waning moments.

SGU (16-5, 7-5 SAC) travels to Oklahoma City next Thursday. Game time is set for 8 p.m. at Abe Lemons Arena.

Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU's sports information director.