Saturday, December 20, 2014

HBU falls to UC-Riverside in close fought match

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (December 20, 2014) Despite have four players scoring in double figures, the Houston Baptist University Huskies could not hold off the offensive punch of UC Riverside and fell to the Highlanders by the score of 78-67 at SRC Arena in Riverside, CA on Dec. 20, 2014. With the loss the Huskies fell to 4-5 for the season.

Guard Anthony Odunsi led HBU with 17 points, followed by Marcel Smith with 14 and Colter Lasher and Tyler Russell with 12 each. Josh Ibarra came off the bench to lead the team in rebounds, pulling down 10 in 21 minutes of play.

The Huskies shot 38.6% from the field including 6-of-13 from three point range. Smith, who started at guard for HBU, scored three of three-pointers on five attempts.

Rebounds were a problem for the Huskies; pulling down only 28 in opposition to 47 for the Highlanders. Taylor Johns had 17 rebounds for UC-Riverside in addition to scoring 28 points.

The Huskies will have 10 days off before returning to action on Dec. 30 at Sharp Gym against Ecclesia College. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CST.

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