Provided by Wayland Baptist University
Wayland Baptist recorded one of its biggest victories in program history, scoring the last seven points of the game and knocking off No. 1 Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Thursday night in Hutcherson Center, 89-82.
The Pioneers (13-5, 4-4 SAC) had lost their last three games – all on the road after cracking the Top 25 – going into the game against the Lions (16-2, 9-1), who on Tuesday jumped to their first-ever No. 1 ranking.
Wayland led almost the entire game, by as much as 15 points with just over six minutes left. But the Lions slowly worked their way back in the game and tied the score at 82-all with 1:32 to go.
That's when the Pioneers came through and finished the job.
Barry Johnson, Travis Payton, Markus Monroe and Plamen Hristov all made free throws in the final 68 seconds, with Monroe connecting on the only field goal of the game down the stretch.
Johnson ended with 25 points and Hristov 23 as both players made five 3-pointers. Monroe added 18 points and 10 rebounds while Bunja Yaboe finished with eight points and a game-high 14 boards.
SAGU was led by Dominique Rambo's 22 points, Caleb Feemster's 18 and Caleb Gentry's 12.
The Pioneers shot 36 percent (10-of-28) from 3-point range as part of their overall 43 percent effort (26-of-61) from the field. Wayland made 27-of-39 free throws (69 percent).
Wayland returns to action at 3 p.m. Saturday at home against Northwood University (4-10, 3-6), which fell to SAGU on Tuesday, 92-84.