ABILENE, Texas – HBU fell behind early and was never able to make up the deficit as the Huskies men’s basketball team dropped an 81-67 decision to Abilene Christian in Moody Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Junior Philip McKenzie finished the night with a season-high 13 points for the Huskies (3-19, 3-10 SLC), making 4-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. He also grabbed four rebounds and had a pair of steals. Benjamin Uloko, meanwhile, continued his strong stretch of play with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting for his fourth consecutive game scoring in double-figures.
Ian DuBose matched Uloko with 14 points thanks to a 9-of-12 performance from the free-throw line while Jalon Gates added 12 points for the Huskies. Freshman Noah Thomasson finished with nine points in 14 minutes off the bench.
After a pair of DuBose free throws made it 5-4 with ACU (14-10, 9-4 SLC) leading, the Wildcats went on a 9-0 run to lead by 10 at the 14:36 mark. Uloko connected on a pair of free throws with 10:36 on the clock to again cut the Huskies’ deficit to single digits, 19-10, but from there the Wildcats would hold a double-digit lead the rest of the game, holding a 44-27 advantage at the half.
In the second half, the ACU lead reached as high as 26 and the Wildcats held a 77-52 lead before HBU closed the game out-scoring the hosts by a 15-4 margin over the final 6:27.
The Huskies out-rebounded the Wildcats 39-32 for the game but shot just 37 percent (19-of-52) for the game while ACU connected at a 50 percent (29-of-58) clip. The Wildcats also finished 40 percent (8-of-20) from behind the arc while HBU made just 29 percent (5-of-17).
The Huskies will be in Beaumont, Texas this Saturday, Feb. 15, for a 2:00 p.m. matinee tip-off against the Lamar Cardinals inside the Montagne Center.