HBU Men’s Basketball: Huskies Fall in Southland Opener


Noah Thomasson scores a career-high 10 points off the bench

Nacogdoches, Texas – HBU men’s basketball dropped its Southland Conference opener on Wednesday evening, falling to Stephen F. Austin 96-68 inside Johnson Coliseum.

HBU (0-9, 0-1 SLC) was led by junior Ian DuBose who finished with 14 points while adding four assists and three rebounds. Freshman Myles Pierre dished out a career-high six assists to go along with 10 points and three rebounds while Noah Thomasson set a new career-best with 10 points off the bench. Jalon Gates led the team with five rebounds.

The Huskies finished the night shooting 45 percent (9-of-20) from beyond the arc and 33.3 percent (21-of-63) from the floor. SFA (9-2, 1-0 SLC) reached the foul line 35 times, making 27 of their free throw, while HBU attempted just 20 from the charity stripe, connecting on 17. The Lumberjacks held a 48-35 advantage on the boards. Kevon Harris led all players with 18 points.

SFA got out to a 7-2 lead but a Gates three pulled the Huskies within two. The Lumberjacks scored the next four to lead by six but DuBose scored the next four points with a pair of free throws and a jumper to make it 11-9 just over five minutes into the game. HBU again went down by five but a Ryan Gomes layup brought the score to 17-14. SFA then went on a 23-6 run over an eight-minute span before taking a 48-26 lead into halftime. The Huskies were then out-scored 48-42 in the second half.

The Huskies will play their final non-conference game of the season on Sunday, Dec. 22, afternoon when they visit Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. to take on the New Mexico Lobos at 1:30 p.m. CST.

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