HBU Basketball Recap: Huskies lose a close game to UTSA

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In a game of runs, HBU Men’s basketball team lost 86-82 to the UTSA Roadrunner, Monday night in Houston.

After a stunning victory against Wake Forest on Friday, the Houston Baptist University (2-2) Men’s Basketball team lost a close game at the hands of the University of Texas at San Antonio (2-5) 86-82, Monday night, in Sharp Gym in Houston.

Huskies’ sophomore, Ian DuBose, led HBU in scoring with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. UTSA’s sophomore, Jhivvan Jackson, led all scorers with 21 points while shooting 11-for-12 from the free throw line. As Roadrunners senior, Keaton Wallace, added in 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field, 4-for-7 from behind the 3-point arc.

While missing their first four shots, the Huskies got off to a slow start and the Roadrunners took advantage of their mistakes. UTSA jumped out to an early 11 point lead four minutes into the game.

Despite their early struggles, the Huskies battled their way back and took a 42-39 lead late in the first half. HBU’s comeback was a result of a 21-8 run led by freshmen, Benjamin Uloko (career-high 14 points) and sophomore Jalon Gates (8 points), who scored a combined 18 points off the bench.

“I think our production off the bench is what kept us in the game,” Huskies’ head coach Ron Cottrell said. “The energy these guys gave us off the bench is what a team is all about. When some of your players are unable to play at the level you need, you have to have other guys ready to step up in their place.”

Unfortunately, the Huskies found themselves tied at 42 apiece heading into the halftime break, following a made 3-pointer field goal attempt by Wallace to end the first half.

The Huskies came out on fire at the start of the second half. With less than four minutes in, the Huskies jumped out on an 11-0 run to take a 53-42 lead. Following a free throw by DuBose, the Roadrunners scored seven-straight to pull within two.

After taking a 10-point lead midway through the second half, HBU pulled within two with eight seconds remaining, Jackson sealed the deal for UTSA after connecting on both free throws from the charity stripe.

Although outrebounded 43-41, the Huskies struggles from behind the arc played a huge factor in the loss. Despite coming into the game shooting 31 percent, HBU shot 4-for-23 (17.3%) from deep for the game.

After falling to the Roadrunners, the Huskies will return to the court Saturday, December 1 against the Louisiana Tech Dunkin’ Dawgs, in the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 pm.