UT-Dallas’ men’s basketball team spoiled the final home game of the season for ETBU as the Comets defeated the Tigers, 81-67.
The Tigers finish the regular season with an overall record of 12-13 and an American Southwest Conference record of 8-8. The Comets are now 22-4 overall and 14-3 against conference opponents.
ETBU was led in scoring by Nathan Fontenot and Jordan Gray who scored 15 points each. Gray also had five assists on the day. Jarell Taylor scored 10 points. Westin Riddick and Jacob Owens-Bush each had nine points apiece. Owens-Bush also came down with eight rebounds. Keet cockerham scored three points as Spencer Cochran, Chris Haynes and Nolan Johnson all dropped in two points apiece.
Jalen Weber scored 25 points to lead the Comets in scoring. Michael Forster tossed in 22 points and Hans Burwitz scored 12. Dimitrius Underwood came away with nine points and Jordan Castillo scored five. Kelden Pruitt and Curtis Allen each scored three points and Xavier Ferrell came had two points.
Forster went 2-for-2 from the foul line to score the first couple points of the game. Haynes tied it up with a shot down low. A three from Underwood was followed by a two from Gray to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Comets. A bucket from Forster gave the Comets a three-point. Fontenot tied it up with a shot from beyond the arc. Weber’s jumper gave the lead back to UTD with a 9-7 score. The two teams exchanged buckets before Gray drained a three to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 12-11. The Comets jumped back in top when Forster hit a jumper. ETBU was down three when Haynes found Owens-Bush who knocked down a jumper to make it a 17-16 ballgame.
A pair of Weber Free throws gave the Comets another three-point lead before Gray dished it off to Owens-Bush for the assist. Underwood found Burwitz for the assist. Forster sank a three to give his team a two-possession lead and Weber’s jumper made the score 26-20. The two teams exchanged field goals before Fontenot knocked down a three to make a 28-25 game.
The Tigers were trailing by five when Fontenot drained a three, making the score 30-28 with 1:34 left in the first half.
Riddick gave the lead back to his team with a three from the corner, making the score 31-30 with 1:10 left until halftime. Weber gave the lead back to his team with a jumper with 30 seconds remaining but the Tigers got the last shot of the first half when Taylor drained a shot from downtown, giving ETBU a halftime lead of 34-32.
Forester scored the first points of the second half with a layup to tie the game up at 34 and Cochran’s dunk gave the lead back to the Tigers, 36-34. The Comets went on a roll, a three from Allen gave them a 37-36 lead and they eventually built a 41-36 lead.
ETBU climbed back and a pair of threes put the Tigers within one point, 43-42. Riddick drained another three to give his team a 45-43 lead. A free throw gave ETBU a three-point lead but a three from Weber tied it up at 46.
A jumper from Owens-Bush led to the Comets taking a 52-46 lead. Weber knocked down yet another three to give his team a nine-point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining. Gray’s jumper was followed by a jumper from Ferrell. A layup from Taylor made the score 57-50 just before a three from Gray made the score 57-53.
A jumper from Gray put the Tigers within three, 58-55. Burwitz gave his team a little breathing room with a pair of trips to the free-throw line, putting his team up 62-55. A layup from Underwood was followed by fouls shots from Fontenot, making the score 64-57.
The Comets continued to pull away as a pair of twos from Forster were followed by a three from Weber, putting spreading UTD’s lead to 71-57. A couple foul shots by Owens-Bush were followed by a three from Weber to give the Comets a 74-59 lead.
Burwitz added a couple buckets and Forster drained a three to spread it to a 20-point lead. The Tigers got a couple three-point plays with an and one from Taylor and a three-point shot from Cockerham. Those were the final points of the game as the Comets escaped with an 81-67 win.
Both teams will return to action for the conference tournament which is slated to begin Thursday.