HBU Huskies Downed by Nicholls as Gomes scores season-high 10 points

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HOUSTON – The HBU Huskies men’s basketball team dropped a 93-85 decision to visiting Nicholls on Wednesday evening in a Southland Conference matchup in Sharp Gym.

The Huskies (3-23, 3-14 SLC) and Colonels (19-10, 13-5 SLC) went toe-to-toe early on, trading leads before HBU led 16-12 after a Myles Pierre three seven minutes into the game. Nicholls came back with the next seven points to lead by three, 19-12, just two minutes later.

At the 7:19 mark in the half, Jalon Gates converted a pair of free throws to put the Huskies ahead 27-25 but that would prove to be the last HBU lead of the game as the Colonels then went on an 11-0 run to lead 36-27 with 4:11 left in the half. The Huskies trailed by nine, 37-46, at the half.

Gates knocked down a trey to open scoring in the second half and pull within six, a deficit the Huskies would reach multiple times in the period but not get any closer than. The Colonels’ lead grew as high as 17, including at 91-74 with just 2:55 to play, but HBU closed the game with an 11-2 run with Ian DuBose scoring nine of those 11 points.

DuBose led the Huskies with 19 points and six assists while also recording a pair of steals. The junior was 7-of-14 from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. His 19 points bring his career total to 1,392 which places him ninth on the program’s all-time scoring list.

Gates added 18 for the Huskies, knocking down 4-of-9 from deep and 6-of-12 from the field. Junior Ryan Gomes scored a season-best 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor while Qon Murphy had nine. Pierre finished with eight points and four assists while Benjamin Uloko also scored eight with a pair of blocked shots.

Nicholls held a 33-28 advantage on the boards and shot 57.6 percent (38-of-66) from the floor while HBU finished the night shooting 53.2 percent (33-of-62).

HBU will be back in Sharp Gym this Saturday, Feb.  29, for Senior Night when the Huskies will recognize seniors Jalon Gates and Jackson Stent prior to tip-off against McNeese at 7:00 p.m.

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