Five Tigers score in double digits, ETBU wins 79-67
Jan. 8, 2017 at 4 a.m.
Five members of the ETBU men's basketball team scored in double digit figures Saturday afternoon to lift the Tigers to a 79-67 win over the Louisiana College Wildcats. With the win, the Tigers advanced to 10-3 overall and 3-3 against American Southwest Conference opponents. LC is now 2-9 overall and 0-7 in conference play.
The Tigers shot 60.9 from the field and 43.8 percent from three. Will Thomas led ETBU in scoring with 14 points and also pulled down seven rebounds. Chris Barrett had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Quillian, Tyler Day and Jordan Gosey all had 10 points each. Robby Dooley scored eight points while Jordan Gray and Landin Brown each scored six. Dylan Augustine came away with three points.
Louisiana College shot 60 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Raheem Regis also had a double-double as he led Louisiana College with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Travis Schultz and Jacquez Coleman each had 11 points and Taylan Grogan came away with 10 points. Lejawon LeBlanc scored six. Palmer Hill dropped in five as Brandon Watkins and Timothy Stokes each scored four points.
"Our big thing is we've got to be able to put a team away," ETBU men's head basketball coach Brandon Curran said. "We just had some mental mistakes. We had some fatigue mistakes so we talked about getting by with those fatigue mistakes. I was pleased with the contributions from a lot of guys. I was really happy with Chris Barrett. He got his first double-double and 10 rebounds for a five-nine guard is a really big deal. I thought he played really. I thought in different stretches a lot of different guys played really well."
LC took an early 10-7 lead before Day drained a three from the corner to tie the game up at 10. Moments later, an and-one from Chris Barrett followed by a layup from Barrett gave the Tigers a 17-14 lead. Will Thomas rebounded a shot and put it back up for two, giving ETBU a 19-16 lead. The Wildcats added a couple points from the free throw line before Thomas and Dooley each added buckets to give ETBU a 24-18 lead. A three from Brown then made it 27-18 before Watkins' jumper made it 27-20. A three from Gray and a field goal from Dooley put the Tigers up by double digits. That was followed by a three from Dooley to make it 35-22. The two teams went back and forth exchanging threes. Gray's three gave ETBU a 38-25 lead before Hill added one of his own to bring the lead back to 10, 38-28. Coleman added another three to make it 39-31 with 1:32 left in the first half. A pair of LC free throws narrowed the gap to 39-34. Day drained another three from the corner to make the score 42-34. Gosey then added a free throw for a halftime score of 43-34.
Brown's layup was followed by a layup and free throw made it 48-38. Moments later, Gray found Quillian for the assist. Gosey and Barrett each had a field goal to put the Tigers up 59-45, forcing the Wildcats to call a timeout with 11:57 left in regulation. Coleman nailed a three to cut ETBU's lead to 59-52. The next play saw Barrett pivot and make a spin move to set up a jumper that gave the Tigers a 61-52 lead. Gosey found Quillian who banked a layup off the glass before the roles were reversed to make it 67-52. Moments later, a three from Coleman cut it to 71-59 and forced ETBU to call a timeout. That was followed a bucket from Gosey and two free throws from Day to make it 75-61. A layup from Grogan cut it to 11, 76-65. Brown went 1-of-2 from the free throw line to make it 77-65. Barrett then put back a shot before Regis did the same on the other end of the court to score the final points of the game as ETBU sealed up the 79-67 win.
ETBU will return to action Wednesday when it travels to Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Tigers will return home Saturday to play host to Belhaven University.
Curran hopes they can add to their six-game winning streak.
"We've just got to keep it going," he said. "We know we have a hard game on Wednesday at Mary Hardin-Baylor so that will be a great test for us. Honestly, right now we're just trying to get better every game, every day and try to eliminate some of those mental mistakes that we had tonight on Wednesday and see what happens."