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Pioneers take down #13 Orediggers

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GOLDEN, Colo. – Louis Timms recorded another double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds and Russell Harrison added 17 points as Wayland Baptist knocked off NCAA Division II's 13th-ranked Colorado School of Mines here Friday evening.

In winning its sixth straight, Wayland (7-1) led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but the previously-unbeaten Orediggers (4-1) rallied.

Down 37-31 at the half, Colorado Mines – which two weeks earlier defeated Lubbock Christian in Lubbock, 78-74 – took a 59-58 lead midway through the second half, but Wayland didn't let the lead last long. In fact, Harrison scored on the Pioneers' next possession and the Pioneers never trailed again, but it was close the rest of the way.

With the score knotted at 66, Wayland scored six straight points on a 3-pointer by Maurice Redmond, a free throw by Julia Pesava, and a dunk by Timms.

The Orediggers, playing their home-opener, wouldn't go away, though, and fought back to within 74-73 with 1½ minutes to go. Mines had a handful of chances to take the lead, but Wayland fought off every one.

In the final seconds and with Wayland clinging to a 77-76 lead, Timms missed the second of two free throws but made up for it on the other end with a block on a fast-break layup with 18 seconds left. Redmond grabbed the rebound and was fouled, and he also made the first of two free throws before missing the second.

With 10 seconds showing, the Orediggers raced up the floor and managed to get off a layup by Zach Rusk, but it missed and the Pioneers hung on for the victory.

Timms secured his seventh double-double in eight outings. The NAIA leader in blocked shots got three, one shy of his average, as he went 8-of-11 from the field in 37 minutes. Harrison was 7-of-11.

Redmond also reached double-figure scoring with 15 points as did Marshall Nelson with 13 points to go with five assists.

Wayland outrebounded the Orediggers, 37-29, and had 17 turnovers, eight more than their opponent.

The Pioneers finished 52 percent (31-of-53) from the field, including 6-of-17 (35 percent) from the 3-point line. WBU hit 10-of-15 free throws (67 percent).

Mines, which got 21 points from Gokul Natesan and 14 each from Luke Schroepfer and Ben Clare, shot 40 percent (24-of-61) from the field, 33 percent (6-of-18) from long range, and 79 percent (22-of-28) from the foul stripe.

Wayland, which was coming off an 81-72 win over NAIA's 14th-ranked Our Lady of the Lake on Tuesday in Plainview, next faces NCAA DII's No. 24 Fort Lewis (Colo.) at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Skyhawks (4-1) defeated Dine College on Friday in Golden, 117-33, and recently defeated Northern New Mexico College, 107-63. Wayland has beaten NNMC twice this season, 117-70 and 110-82.

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