Story courtesy: ETBU Athletics
Up by one, 51-50, midway through the second half, the East Texas Baptist University Tigers men’s basketball team exploded on an 18-0 run to take over the game en route to an 80-64 victory over Sul Ross State University. Heading into the Thanksgiving break, ETBU is now 3-0.
“We have been talking about winning with our defense the past three games and the first half we didn’t do a good job and they out-hustled us at times,” ETBU head coach Chris Lovell said. “At halftime, we talked about locking in on their big scorers and when we guard we are really good and when we don’t we are just ok. We came out stronger and executed that in the second half and I am proud of our guys and what they did.”
ETBU was led by a 20-point performance from Charlie Cochran who went 10-of-16 from the floor. Chris Haynes (14 points), Logan Blow (12 points), and Aaron Gregg (11 points, six assists) all recorded double-figures as well. For the Lobos, Caelyb Kerley was the top scorer with 21 points, which included five three’s. Logan Dixon (15 points) and Julian Paredes (13 points) were the other top scorers for SRSU.
ETBU out shot the Lobos from the field (57.9%-38.6%), which included a dominant 64.3%-27.6% second half performance. ETBU would control the paint with a 48-24 margin, also. However, SRSU would win the points off turnovers (22-18), second chance points (18-6), and bench points (28-23) categories).