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ETBU Tigers claim 5th straight win, 86-73

By Nathan Hague
Jan. 7, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Thursday night saw the East Texas Baptist men's basketball team take the court for the first time since Dec. 10 as the Tigers came away with an 86-73 win over the Rust Bearcats.

The win was the fifth straight for ETBU, advancing its record to 9-3 overall and 2-3 in American Southwest Conference play.

Jordan Quillian had a double-double as he led the Tigers with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Robby Dooley scored 11 points. Dylan Agustine scored nine points and passed the 1,000-point mark of his college career. Clayton Stanley dropped in nine points. Will Thomas and Tyler Day each scored seven points. Landin Brown and Jordean Gosey each scored six. Jordan Gray scored five. Chris Barrett came away with four points as Hunter Book, Jacob Owens-Bush and Davis Robinson all scored six points each.

Dominique Brown led the Bearcats in scoring with 18 points. Romeo Carter scored 15 while Allen Potts was right behind him with 14. Antonio Jones dropped in 12 points and Dewaun Fowler scored nine points. Jarvis Jackson scored three points and Michael Gray came away with two points.

Landin Brown knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead. A few plays later, Day drained a three to put ETBU up 10-2.

Antonio Jones' jumper made it 10-4 and Potts' hook shot helped cut the Tigers' lead to 10-8. Day hit another three to make it 13-8 before Will Thomas' shot down low made it 15-8.

Jones tacked on a bucket to bring it to 15-10. Jordan Gay found Clayton Stanley in the paint for the assist, forcing Rust to call a timeout with 9:08 left in the first half.

Dooley found Quillian for the assist to lift the Tigers to a 19-12 lead. Moments later, a three from Gray spread ETBU's lead to 10 points, making it 24-14.

A three from Augustine put him past the 1,000-point mark and made the score 27-16.

The two teams went back and forth for the remainder of the first half before going into the locker room with ETBU leading 42-32 at the break.

ETBU continued adding to its lead in the second half. A layup by Carter early in the second half made it 43-34, but moments later, Augustine found Dooley, who drained a three to spread the Tigers' lead to 51-34.

Rust went on a run with about eight minutes remaining. A three from Fowler, later followed by a three from Jackson, made it 77-64.

Potts hit a layup before Fowler drained a pair of foul shots to make it 80-70.

That was the closest the Bearcats came as the Tigers gave themselves some separation.

Quillian knocked down a pair of layups to give the Tigers an 84-70 lead. Rust added a few foul shots and ETBU's last bucket came on a jumper from Barrett as the Tigers sealed up the 86-73 win.

"It was a good game that everybody got to play in so that was special," ETBU head coach Brandon Curran said. "I think it was a good opportunity for the guys to get in there for a chance to compete and allow those who are getting a lot of minutes to rest. These guys will be ready go Saturday."

Curran added he was proud to see Augustine pass the 1,000-point mark.

"Oh that was so fun," Curran said. "Coach (Bert) West came into the locker room and was talking to the guys. It's just neat to see that family and support for him and this team."



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