TLU forward Jackson Willoughby (35) averaged 20 points in two games during the SCAC/ ASC Classic last weekend in Kerrville.
(Kerrville) – The Texas Lutheran men’s basketball team came up short on both days of the SCAC/ ASC Classic at Schreiner’s Stephens Family Arena in Kerrville, falling to LeTourneau 100-97 on Friday and to East Texas Baptist 99-86 on Saturday.
LeTourneau University erased a 24-point deficit and erupted for 65 points in the second half in Friday’s game.
TLU led 66-42 in the second half with a jumper from Sebastian Andrade at the 16:31 mark. The Bulldogs' lead went back to 24, at 70-46, with a layup from Jacob Kouremetis with 15:05 to play.
LeTourneau cut the TLU lead down to nine with 10:57 remaining after a pair of free throws from Justin Moore.
Ninety seconds later, LeTourneau took its first lead of the second half with a Nate West three-pointer.
With the YellowJackets in front 100-97 with six seconds to play, the Bulldogs went the length of the floor and attempted a three-pointer (from Nathan Josephs) with two seconds on the clock. The ball bounced high off the rim as the horn sounded.
LeTourneau shot 59.5 percent from the field in the second half. The YellowJackets also made six of 10 three-point attempts in the final 20 minutes.
West scored 20 second-half points for LeTourneau, and Moore added 17 in the final frame. West scored 24 total points, and Caylab Herrera and Alex Colhoff each had 19.
Alex Cage led TLU with 23 points. The junior guard went 8-for-13 from the field and 2-of-4 from the three-point line. He also had four assists and four rebounds.
Jackson Willoughby (19), Sebastian Andrade (15), Jacob Kouremetis (14) and Josephs (13) also hit double-figures for the Bulldogs.
Andrade led TLU with seven rebounds. Willoughby grabbed six.
ETBU made 55 percent of its shots against TLU on Saturday and hit 52.6 percent from the three-point line. The Tigers made 10 of their 19 three-point attempts.
The Tigers held TLU to 39.7 percent shooting overall and to 29.6 percent from the arc.
ETBU out-rebounded TLU 45-32.
Nathan Fontenot led the Tigers with 30 points. He hit six three-pointers and went 10-for-10 at the free throw line. Robby Dooley added 15 points. Darrice Whitley contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.
TLU received 21 points and six rebounds from Jackson Willoughby and 19 points and two steals from Jacob Kouremetis. Alex Cage and Nathan Josephs added 15 and 12 points, respectively. Josephs dished out six assists.
The Bulldogs hit the road this weekend for their first two Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference games of the season. In Shreveport, La., the Bulldogs face Centenary College (La.) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. In Sherman, Texas on Sunday, the Bulldogs face Austin College at noon.