Morris denies Wayland school record

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Wayland Pioneers will have to wait another year to try and break their consecutive wins streak.

In a close game that saw six ties, 19th-rated Robert Morris College (14-3) of Chicago handed the WBU men their first loss of the season, 88-80 Wednesday night in the Disney Classic.

Down by as many as 14 early in the game, the Pioneers - ranked No. 20 in the lastest NAIA poll and coming off a 96-82 victory over Point Park, Pa. on Tuesday - chipped away to take a 52-47 halftime lead.

Junior DeJuan Davis led Wayland during the first 20 minutes with 22 points of his game-high 29 points. In the second half, it was Robert Morris´s turn to chip away. The Eagles took the lead for good with just under 12 minutes to go in the game on a long three-pointer.

The Pioneers, now 9-1 on the year, kept the game within four points until the five-minute mark when Robert Morris went up by eight. Davis hit a three-pointer with just over three minutes left to close the score back to two at 77-75, but that was as close as Wayland could get.

Kendall Webb joined Davis as the only other Pioneer in double figures with 17 points. Nate Bridges had nine, Clifton Clarida had eight and Pedro Montano came off the bench to contribute seven points.

The Pioneers - who had matched the 1985-86 team´s 9-0 start - will be off until Jan. 1 when they return home to take on Texas A&M International as part of a doubleheader that begins with the Flying Queens at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3.

Posted to MyPlainview: DECEMBER 23, 2004 13:04 CST