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LETU Men's, Women's Basketball take win over Sul Ross State

LONGVIEW, January 17, 2014— The LeTourneau men’s basketball tandem of senior Justin Jones and sophomore Ladaria Brown each had a double double in a 93-88 overtime win to Sul Ross State to snap a seven-game losing streak on Thursday in Alpine.

The YellowJackets (3-10, 2-8 ASC) scored the first eight points of the extra period en route to the win. Jones recorded his seventh double double of the season with a 24 point, 13-rebound effort; plus Brown added 24 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Brown also handed out five assists in the win.

The duo was joined in double digits by junior Aaron Frizell, who added a career-best 21 points on the strength of five 3 pointers in the win.

The Lobos (6-8, 5-6 ASC) got a game-high 25 points from Mychal Pinson. He was joined in double figures by Percy Settle and Darrell Gardner, who added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

LeTourneau shot a season-best 53.4% (31-for-58) from the field including a 59.1% (13-for-22) effort from the 3-point line. The YellowJackets out rebounded Sul Ross State by a 49 to 31 margin.

Frizell had five 3 pointers – four of which came in the first half - to lead LeTourneau, Brown knocked down four and Jones added two. The 13 three pointers are a season-high for the YellowJackets.

LeTourneau will continue its road trip with a trip to Brownwood on Saturday with a 3 p.m. tilt against Howard Payne University.

The LeTourneau University women’s basketball team posted an 80-63 win over host Sul Ross State on Thursday night in Alpine, Texas.

The YellowJackets (6-7, 4-6 ASC) landed four players in double figures including senior Julencia Curtis, who nearly had a double double, with 18 points and nine rebounds to lead LeTourneau. Sophomore Ashley Stephens added 12 points and eight rebounds; plus freshman Ashley Crockett and senior Jessica Manas scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.

The Lobos (1-13, 0-11 ASC) were led by Asrelle Anderson and Falisha Villanueva, who scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

LeTourneau quickly overcame an early nine-point deficit to tie the game on three occasions and closing out the half with an 8-1 spurt for a 37-30 lead. In the spurt, four-different YellowJackets contributed to the spurt. The Lobos quickly cut the deficit to one, 37-36, on back-to-back three pointers to start the second half.

YellowJackets head coach Corey Thomaston said, “Tonight was a great test of our ability to focus through adversity. Sul Ross State really came after us hard.”

However, the YellowJackets failed to concede the lead and blew the game open with a 23-4 run to end the contest. In the run, five of the baskets came on layups for LeTourneau. 

“I was very pleased with the way we responded and finished the game tonight. We got a very strong effort on the interior tonight and took advantage of the mismatch we had.” In the win, the

YellowJackets outscored Sul Ross State by a 52-14 advantage on points in the paint and outrebounded the Lobos, 59-36. Also, in the victory, LeTourneau shot a season-best 47.6% (30-for-63) from the field.

LeTourneau will continue its road trip with a trip to Brownwood on Saturday with a 1 p.m. tilt against Howard Payne University. Host HPU will come into the matchup with an 8-6 overall record and 7-4 ASC after defeating East Texas Baptist on Thursday, 68-59.

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