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Houston Baptist hits the road
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2002
By Steven Key


HOUSTON (BP)--Houston Baptist University used a 15-6 burst to start the second half and put the game out of reach, coasting to a 109-76 Red River Athletic Conference victory over visiting Wiley College on Monday night in Sharp Gym. The Huskies shot a torrid 59 percent from the floor and had six players in double figures in winning their fourth straight conference game of the season.

Kendrick Bridges and Jeff Carroll hit back-to-back three pointers to start the game, part of a 9-2 run in the first four minutes. HBU would extend the lead, breaking away from a 17-9 lead with a 15-7 run that was highlighted by consecutive three-balls from the corner by Michael Holmquist at the 8:50 mark.

Holmquist hit two more three's in a row, the second with a foul added, to push the lead to 41-25 with 4:20 left, and the Huskies extended the lead to 21, 54-33, on two free throws from Charles Fordjour with 1:20 left in the half. The Wildcats cut the lead back to 14, as Derrick Smith scored five points in a half-ending 7-0 run that put the score at 54-40 heading into the intermission.

The Huskies came out strong in the second half, holding the Wildcats scoreless for the first 4:56 of the half. Charles Fordjour scored nine points in the half-opening run, and Houston Baptist extended its lead to 23, 69-46, with 13:08 to go.

Michael LeBlanc helped HBU continue to build on the lead, scoring 18 of his game-high 21 points in the final 10 minutes. The Huskies built the lead to as many as 38 in the half.

HBU went 43-73 from the floor for 59%, including a phenomenal 56% from behind the arc. HBU also dominated the glass to the tune of 50-30 .

LeBlanc led six players in double-digits with his 21 points. Bryce Burch added his second straight double-double effort with 16 points and 10 boards.

Kendrick Bridges had 15 points, while Michael Holmquist had 14 points, including four treys. Charles Fordjour and Josh Brian rounded out the double-figure scorers with 13 and 10 points respectively.

Derrick Smith led the losing effort for Wiley with 21 points. Ray Willis had 15 points and Keithan West added 14 points, eight boards and five blocked shots for the Wildcats, now 6-11 overall and 3-2 in the Red River.

Houston Baptist, ranked No. 16 in the nation, improves to 13-5 overall and 4-0 in the Red River. The Huskies continue conference play this weekend, traveling to Oklahoma for a pair of games. HBU will take on Bacone College in Muskogee on Saturday night, then head to Langston to face Langston University on Monday night.
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