SHAWNEE – No. 14 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) rode a strong second half to an 85-76 victory over St. Gregory’s Saturday at Sumner Field House. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Cavaliers, who upset No. 24 LSU-Shreveport Friday night.
The Saints shot 50 percent in the final 20 minutes while holding the home team to just 38 percent from the floor, quickly erasing a 42-39 halftime deficit. SGU, which led most of the first half, saw the visitors open the second on an 18-4 run to go up 57-46 and seize the momentum.
The Cavs’ Jordan Rutherford nearly single-handedly got his team back in it, nailing five three-pointers over the span of less than five minutes – the final one tying the game at 65 with 7:16 to play.
But like it did early in the period, OLLU used its quick pace of play to go back on top. The Saints scored 12 of the game’s next 14 points over the span of 3:54 to essentially put it away at 79-67 with 3:22 to go.
Despite the loss, Rutherford turned in a game-high 27 points to go along with a team-best nine rebounds. He was 10-for-16 from the field, including 5-for-7 from distance. Rodney Smith added 19 points and eight assists for the Cavs, while Tyler Tucker finished with 12 points.
Joe Jackson led the Saints with 23 points and 10 boards. His team finished at 49 percent from the floor for the game. SGU shot 46 percent as a team and hit all 14 of its charity shots. The Cavs were out-boarded, 36-28.
A 13-2 run just past the midpoint of the first half gave SGU its largest lead of the period at 36-25. Michael Maras capped that spurt with a three from the wing. OLLU responded at the end of the half by scoring eight consecutive points over the final 2:19 to close to within three at the break.
Rutherford led the Cavs with 12 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Maurice Jackson countered with 10 points and five boards to pace the Saints early on. SGU shot 52 percent in the first half compared to 48 percent for the visitors.
St. Gregory’s (4-3) opens conference play Thursday at Bacone. Game time is set for 8 p.m. in Muskogee.