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Houston Baptist holds off Texas, 97-88
Tuesday, Feb 5, 2002
By Steven Key


HOUSTON (BP)--The Huskies exacted a measure of revenge on Monday night, holding off Texas College 97-88 at Sharp Gym. HBU led by six at the break, and held off several late charges by the Steers to capture the win, its fourth straight victory.

HBU was sluggish throughout, and traded baskets for the first 10 minutes, as the two teams were tied at 20 at the 10:20 mark. Kendrick Bridges then scored eight points on a layup sandwiched by two three-pointer during a 12-5 spurt that gave the Huskies a 32-25 lead.

Texas College would cut the lead to three 34-31 just three minutes before the break after two free-throws by Charles Harmon, who contributed all six points for the Steers.

Houston Baptist led by six at the break, 39-33.

The Huskies came out strong in the second half, using a 9-0 run that was capped by Mike Smith's lay-in. HBU would continue to slowly pull ahead, and after a four-point play by Michael Holmquist, Houston Baptist led 65-50 with 11:07 to go.

TC would not go away, however, as they scored the next seven points in the game to creep back within eight., Jason Daniels hit a conventional three-point play to pull Texas College to 65-57 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The Huskies would answer, pushing the lead back to 13 after a three-point play by Jeff Carroll. Four minutes later, the Huskies had overcome a three-minute dry spell and pushed the lead to 14 after consecutive baskets by Charles Fordjour.

It was over by that point, as Texas College was forced to foul. The Huskies hit 11-16 charity tosses in the final 5:27, and were able to fend off a three-point barrage by the Steers in the waning moments to claim the win.

HBU held the Steers to just 38.6 percent shooting on the night. The Steers didn't help themselves, as they went a horrific 14-25 from the line (56 percent). Texas College also shot just 29 percent from behind the arc.

HBU shot 49 percent from the field, and went for 44 percent from the arc, hitting 7-16 from behind the 19.9 line. The Huskies also cleaned up at the foul line, hitting 34-45 of their free shots for 75.6 percent.

Houston Baptist was led by Michael Holmquist and Jeff Carroll, each with 18 points. Mike Smith had 13 points and five assists, and went 9-10 from the stripe. Bryce Burch had 12 points, while Michael LeBlanc and Charles Fordjour each had 10 points.

LeBlanc led the Huskies with seven boards, while a trio of players (Jeff Carroll, Kendrick Bridges and Charles Fordjour) each grabbed six.

Texas College was paced by Charles Harmon, who finished with 16 points and nine boards, both team-highs. Ben Davis had 15 points and five boards and Solomon Green added 12 and five.

Marquet Norfleet ended with 10, just before fouling out with 1:27 to go, while Gyasi Fitch tied for game-high honors with nine boards for the Steers, who fall to 13-15 on the year.

Houston Baptist, ranked No. 22 in the Top 25 poll, improves to 18-7 on the season. It was the 38th straight win for HBU in the friendly confines of Sharp Gym.
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