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LETU Men win, women fall against Howard Payne

LONGVIEW, February 21, 2014-- LeTourneau University junior Aaron Frizell hit a 3 pointer with 18 seconds to go to propel the men’s basketball team to a 64-61 win over Howard Payne University on Thursday evening in Solheim Arena.

LeTourneau (4-14, 3-12 ASC) was led by senior Justin Jones, who scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for his 13th double double of the season in the win. The 32 points by the Waxahachie native is the most since he scored 31 against Ozarks, last year on February 14th.

It was a solid all-around contribution by LeTourneau in the win. Sophomore Ladaria Brown added nine points and eight rebounds to go with three assists and two steals. Frizell finished with seven points, four rebounds and four assists; plus, sophomore Chris Hynes had six points, six assists and four rebounds to contribute to the win.

Howard Payne (5-19, 5-16) was led by the 22-point effort from Brandon Gould. He was joined in double digits by Quelan Lancaster – who added 16 points and 14 rebounds – and Donovan Ford, who scored 11 in the defeat.

The game saw 14 lead changes and the score tied 12 times. Frizell put LeTourneau up 59-57 with 2:14 to play when he made 1 of 2 free throws. Then, Lancaster tied the game for the 11th time when he made a jumper with 1:45 to play; however, LeTourneau went back to Jones to tie the game when he made a layup with 1:19 to go.

Then, Howard Payne tied the game for the 12th and final time when Lancaster made a jumper with 48 seconds to go. After a timeout, LeTourneau set up for the game-winning shot with 36 seconds to play. The ball remained on the perimeter as Frizell set his feet behind the arc with 18 seconds to go after a pass from Chris Hynes for the game-winning shot.

Frizell was involved also in the defensive end as a game-tying 3 pointer attempt with 13 seconds to play by HPU came up short and he came down with the rebound. However, LeTourneau was not in the bonus. Two fouls later, HPU fouled Hynes, who missed a pair of free throws, but he alertly grabbed the rebound. After a missed layup, HPU came down with the rebound and had one last chance on a 3 pointer by Joshua Cormier that came up short to allow LeTourneau to come away with the win.

With the win, LeTourneau snaps a four-game losing streak to head into Saturday’s regular season home finale against Sul Ross State at 3 p.m. Earlier this year, LeTourneau defeated the Lobos in Alpine, 93-88.

 

Howard Payne University scored 18 of the first 20 points of the game en route to an 85-66 win over the LeTourneau University women’s basketball team on Thursday night in Solheim Arena.

LeTourneau (9-13, 7-12 ASC) was led by junior Rebecca Stewart, who had 11 points and nine rebounds in just his fourth start of the season. Senior Julencia Curtis and freshman Meagan Peters each added 10 in the loss.

Howard Payne (14-9, 13-7 ASC) was led by Danyel Bradley, who had 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the win. Britani Gattis and Shardena Hudson added 20 and 11 points, respectively.

LeTourneau was held 5:44 to start the game without a field goal as the visitors built an early 18-3 lead. However, LeTourneau clawed its way back into the game and cut the deficit to 4. To get within 4, they went on an 18-5 run, late in the first half.

Howard Payne scored four of the final five points of the first half to take a 40-33 lead at the break. At the halftime break, LeTourneau had outscored Howard Payne, 20-9 on points off the bench and 22-14 on points in the paint. However, Howard Payne had hit seven 3 pointers for the lead.

Twice, early in the second half, LeTourneau had the deficit but a decisive 10-0 run by HPU kept the home team away from drawing any closer. Three times in the final 10 minutes, LeTourneau would get as close as 16. Howard Payne sealed the win as they made 14 of 19 free throws and its 44.9% shooting from the field for the contest.

LeTourneau will look to bounce back and return to its winning ways on Senior Day on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Sul Ross State. Prior to the game, LeTourneau will recognize its four seniors – Julencia Curtis, Ashley Fajardo, Jessica Manas and Alexis Wighaman. All four have made significant contributions to the program, on and off the court.

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