Bulletin Staff Report
MARSHALL — The Howard Payne Yellow Jackets’ search for their first win will continue at home Thursday night as the East Texas Baptist Tigers handed HPU its fourth straight loss in Monday’s 75-60 American Southwest Conference contest.
Howard Payne (0-4, 0-2) was outrebounded 51 to 32, and the Yellow Jackets shot just 33 percent (20-of-60) from the floor compared to ETBU’s (2-1, 2-0) success rate of 46 percent (29-of-63), including 52 percent (11-of-21) from three-point land.
Keith Perry scored a team-high 21 points for the Jackets, while Brandon Irwin added 14. Also scoring for HPU were John Bryant with seven points, Henry Valladares with six, Joshua Dada with five, Quentin Calloway with four and Kanyon Payne with three points.
ETBU received 19 points from James Morman, 16 from Jacob Turnipseed and 11 each from Debe Egharevba and Josh Chambers, who chipped in 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The Yellow Jackets hung close in the first half as HPU drew even at 17-all with 9:02 left on a three-pointer by John Bryant. ETBU fired back with seven straight points — two each by Chambers and Joe Brown following steals, along with a Turnipseed three-pointer — to grab its largest lead of the half, 24-17, with 7:04 left before intermission.
The Yellow Jackets closed the gap to 28-26 on a pair of free throws by Irwin with 1:11 left in the half, but Morman drilled a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to give ETBU a 31-26 halftime edge.
In the second half, East Texas Baptist scored 14 of the first 19 second-half points to seize both the momentum and a 45-31 lead with 15:10 remaining.
With 12:22 left, Perry drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 45-38. But Morman answered with a trey, then Jordan Murphy scored on a layup to boost the ETBU advantage to 50-38. The Yellow Jackets got no closer than seven points — 57-50 — on a Payne jumper with 7:05 remaining.
The Yellow Jackets will tip off their home schedule at 7:30 p.m. Thursday as they welcome University of the Ozarks in ASC action.