MARSHALL — Another three-pointer in the closing seconds landed the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets in the loss column.

Tied at 69 with 28 seconds to go, East Texas Baptist’s Monty Grays buried a tie-breaking trey as the Tigers chalked up a 78-75 victory.

Howard Payne ended the season with a 5-20 record, which included a 5-17 mark in American Southwest Conference action. Eight of HPU’s conference defeats were by five points or less, and the Yellow Jackets lost 13 of their last 15 outings down the stretch.

ETBU (10-14, 8-13), meanwhile, locked up the final berth in the ASC tournament though the Tigers have one game remaining Monday night against LeTourneau (5-19, 4-17).

The Yellow Jackets shot 42 percent (28 of 67) overall and 35 percent (9 of 26) on three-pointers, while knocking down 63 percent (23 of 29) their free throws.

Brandon Gould finished with 24 points for HPU trailed by 19 from Donovan Ford, 15 from Jorden Young, 12 from Quelan Lancaster, three from Ross Whittet and two points from Nigele Robertson.

ETBU hit also converted 42 percent (25 of 59) of its shots, but picked up 13 more points at the free throw line as the Tigers sank 79 percent (23 of 29) of their attempts.

Justin Felicia and Erby Thompson led ETBU with 18 points each.

The Yellow Jackets led 42-37 at halftime and were in front 48-41 with 15:52 left, but ETBU stormed back to grab a 54-53 lead with 12:22 remaining.

Howard Payne fell in a 63-55 hole with 7:56 left, but scored the next nine points to reclaim a 64-63 lead at the 5:18 mark.

ASC MEN’S BASKETBALL

STANDINGS

Conf. Overall

W L W L

*-UT-Dallas 20 2 22 3

#-Hardin-Simmons 17 5 17 8

#-Mary Hardin-Baylor 15 7 17 8

#-Concordia 13 9 16 9

#-UT-Tyler 13 9 14 11

#-Louisiana College 11 10 11 12

#-Sul Ross 10 12 11 14

#-East Texas Baptist 8 13 10 14

x-Mississippi College 8 13 10 14

Ozarks 6 16 8 17

Howard Payne 5 17 5 20

LeTourneau 4 17 5 19

*- tournament host; #- tournament qualifier

x- ineligible

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Saturday’s Results

East Texas Baptist 78, Howard Payne 75

Sul Ross 72, LeTourneau 65

Mary Hardin-Baylor 75, UT-Dallas 71

Hardin-Simmons 87, Concordia 70

UT-Tyler 95, Mississippi College 90

Louisiana College 95, Ozarks 86

Monday’s Games

Louisiana College at Mississippi College

LeTourneau at East Texas Baptist