GEORGETOWN, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball team fell 88-80 to Southwestern on Sunday afternoon in a foul-plagued game in Georgetown.
The Cowboys started off hot and pushed out to a 22-7 lead with Kyle Brennon scoring 11 points in the opening surge. HSU pushed the lead out to 39-19 with 4:54 to play in the first half. Then the Pirates started their comeback, outscoring the Cowboys 16-3 the rest of the half and the Cowboys lead was cut to 42-35 at halftime.
Southwestern took its first lead of the game at the 13:26 mark on a pair of Joel Martinez free throws that made it 49-47. Southwestern pushed it to 56-49 to cap a 37-10 run. The teams basically traded baskets over the next several minutes.
Chris Barrett's lay-up with 4:12 to play cut the Cowboy deficit to 74-71. It was the closest the Cowboys would get to the lead and Southwestern held HSU off down the stretch at the foul line.
The free throw line was the difference in the game. Southwestern shot 25-of-34 in the second half alone and 38-of-51 in the game. All five Cowboy starters fouled out in the game. HSU was called for 32 of the 56 fouls in the game. HSU was 16-of-25 at the free throw line.
Barrett had a career-best 26 points in the game and also added seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Brennon added 19 points and Neal Chambliss had 11 points.
Brandon Alexander had 16 points to pace five Pirates in double figures.
The Cowboys are 4-3 on the year and will open American Southwest Conference play on Saturday with a home game against McMurry. Southwestern improved to 3-2 on the year.
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