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LETU Basketball teams drop to Concordia

CONCORDIA, January 3, 2014— An 8-1 spurt midway through the second half propelled Concordia to a 77-69 win over the LeTourneau University men’s basketball team on Thursday night, in Solheim Arena.

The Yellow Jackets (2-7, 1-5 ASC) had four players score in double figures including junior Josh Thornton, who scored 17 off the bench to share in game-high honors. Senior Justin Jones had a double double with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, sophomores Chris Hynes and Ladaria Brown added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

The Tornados (7-2, 4-2 ASC) landed four players in double digits including a pair with 17 each as juniors Adam Whitlock and Josh Sanchez shared in game-high honors. Senior Dwayne Patterson had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds; plus junior Brett DeMetrotion added 11 in the win.

The contest was tied on six occasions and the lead exchanged hands on five occasions. After the third-straight point by Thornton for LeTourneau tied the game at 48, the visitors from Austin got a layup from DeMetrotion that put them up by two – 50-48 –and for the rest of the contest.

The Tornados eventually stretched the margin to as much as 11 but the YellowJackets clawed back to cut the deficit to as little as four, 68-64, with 1:40 to go on a three-point play by Jones. On the ensuing possession, Sanchez banked in a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down for a 71-64 lead with 1:08 to go.

Despite the defeat, Hynes handed out eight assists and had eight rebounds for LeTourneau. Thornton and Brown also were active on the boards with eight and seven, respectively.

For Concordia, Whitlock had eight rebounds, senior Jonathan Garza and Sanchez each handed out five assists for the victors.

It will be a quick turnaround for LeTourneau as they will host Mary-Hardin Baylor, who lost in the NCAA Division III Championship game in 2012-13, on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 3 p.m., inside Solheim Arena.

A 3-pointer by senior Margaret Milling of Concordia with 2:21 to play in the second half sparked a game-deciding 7-2 run for the visiting Tornados en route to a 55-50 win over the LeTourneau University women’s basketball team on Thursday evening.

In women’s basketball, the YellowJackets (4-5, 2-4 ASC) displayed balanced scoring with freshman Ashley Crockett coming off the bench to lead LeTourneau with eight points. Plus, senior Ashley Fajardo added seven and three more YellowJackets had six in the defeat.

The Tornados (5-4, 3-3 ASC) were led by freshman Celeste Laredo, who scored a game-high 15 – 13 of which came in the first 20 minutes. Senior Tyler Compton added nine and Milling scored seven to pace the visitors from Austin.

The contest was tight throughout the 40 minutes as the score was tied on three occasions and the lead exchanged hands on 11 occasions. Both teams utilized aggressive on-the-ball defense, forcing 16 turnovers each, grabbing 36 rebounds and both teams shot under 40% in the contest.

LeTourneau scored the first nine points of the second half to rally from a 32-24 halftime deficit to take a 33-32 lead when Crockett made a pair of free throws with 13:41 to play. It was the first lead by the host YellowJackets since the 8:17 mark of the first half when freshman Marialle Boles made a put-back attempt.

Concordia came back to tie the contest at 38, later in the half, but the YellowJackets retaliated with a 6-0 spurt with three-different players sharing in the scoring responsibility to take a 44-38 lead with 7:28 to go. The Tornado, again, had an answer for the LeTourneau spurt when they went on a 9-2 run for a 47-46 lead on a Milling layup.

LeTourneau came back and took its last lead, 48-47, when sophomore Kalyn Shorter made a layup with 4:35 remaining. After the YellowJackets missed a few opportunities to extend its lead, Milling hit the 3 pointer that put the visitors ahead by two, 50-48, as well as for the rest of the contest.

Despite the defeat, the Letourneau bench sparked by Crockett outscored its visitors by a 28-15 margin and the Sherman native had a hand in the YellowJackets outscoring the Tornados, 30-28 in points in the paint.

It will be a quick turnaround for LeTourneau women as they will host Mary-Hardin Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m., inside Solheim Arena.

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