ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball team could not rally from a 20-point halftime deficit and fell 85-81 on Thursday evening in American Southwest Conference basketball action.
ETBU hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and pushed out to a 49-29 lead at halftime.
The Cowboys scored the first 10 points of the second half to cut the deficit to 49-39 and slowly chipped away. Caleb Spoon 3-point play with 5:23 to play cut the deficit to 69-65, but ETBU pushed the lead back to 82-72.
Darrice Whitley and Robby Dooley each had 11 points for the Tigers.
HSU is now 4-9 on the year and 2-3 in league play. ETBU improved to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in conference action. HSU will host LeTourneau at 4 p.m. Saturday in a rematch of last year's American Southwest Conference final.
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