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LONGVIEW, January 31, 2014— LeTourneau sophomore Ladaria Brown and senior Justin Jones of the men’s basketball team each had a double double in a 74-62 loss to the University of the Ozarks on Thursday evening at Solheim Arena.
The YellowJackets (3-14, 2-12 ASC) held the Eagles to 40.4% (23-for-57) shooting but it was the success at the free-throw line that proved to be the difference. Ozarks made 24 of 34 free throws compared to an 8-for-20 effort by LeTourneau.
It was the first time on the season that the YellowJackets had a pair of players with double double performances. Plus, it is the first time since LETU had three players achieve the feat in the 2012-13 season opener against Paul Quinn (Nov. 26, 2012). For Jones (11 points, 10 rebounds), it is his ninth double double – and for Brown, it is his third (24 points, 11 rebounds) double double of the season.
The Eagles (6-12, 4-11 ASC) – led from start to finish – and were led by Ricky Allen and Kelby Robinson, who each scored 15 and Josh Ferrell added 14 in the win.
LeTourneau rallied from an early eight-point deficit, 16-8 with 11:34 to play in the first half, to cut the deficit to one, 16-15 with 8:55 to go in the first 20 minutes. Ozarks answered the seven unanswered points by the YellowJackets with an 18-5 run to end the half. The run put the Eagles up by a 34-20 margin at the half.
Brown and Jones teamed up to bring the YellowJackets back in the second half. Brown scored 19 of his 24 and Jones scored nine of his 11. The duo worked together to cut the deficit to eight, 66-58, with 3:24 to play. However, LeTourneau would draw no closer as the Eagles made all six of its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Next up for LeTourneau is a contest against area rival, the University of Texas-Tyler on Saturday, at 3 p.m., in Solheim Arena.
A 3 pointer with four seconds to play by LeTourneau women’s basketball came up short in a 62-61 loss to the University of Ozarks in an American Southwest Conference contest on Thursday night in Solheim Arena.
The YellowJackets (7-10, 5-9 ASC) were led by freshman Meagan Peters, who scored a career-high 11 points off the bench to lead a balanced effort. 11 different YellowJackets had a hand in the scoring in the loss.
The 11 points from Peters led a dominating effort from the LeTourneau bench, who outscored the Lady Eagles by a 30-13 margin in the defeat. Senior Julencia Curtis nearly had a double double with eight points and 10 rebounds for LeTourneau.
The Lady Eagles (7-11, 7-8 ASC) landed three players in double figures including Kindra Davis, who had a double double, scoring a game-high 13 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds in the win. She was joined in double digits by Taylor Farmer and RaShelle Goodman, who added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Following a three-point halftime deficit, 37-34, LeTourneau scored the first four points of the second half on back-to-back baskets by Curtis to gain a 38-37 advantage. Later in the half, the YellowJackets went on an 8-3 spurt to stretch the margin to eight, 51-43, with 14:39 to play after Curtis made a pair of free throws. The Lady Eagles answered the spurt with a 9-0 to take a 54-53 lead with 9:01 to play. It was the first lead by Ozarks since the opening seconds of the second half.
The contest went back and forth for the rest of the contest and LeTourneau went up by as much as four, 61-57, with 4:14 to go when junior Rebecca Stewart hit a jumper. Again, Ozarks had an answer to the LeTourneau lead as they scored the final five points of the game to come away with the win. Neither team would score in the final 2:46 of the contest.
The YellowJackets will remain at home for its next contest when they host the University of Texas-Tyler on Saturday, February 1, at 1 p.m. The Comets hold a half-game advantage for first place in the American Southwest Conference with a 15-3 overall record and 13-2 mark in the ASC.
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