PINEVILLE, La. – Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball dropped an 88-85 game to Louisiana College in non-conference action on Friday night in Pineville, La.
The Cowboys were able to get its offense going as they scored 85 points, which was the most in a non-overtime game this season. HSU shot 55.4 percent in the game.
Turnovers were the difference in the game as the Cowboys turned it over 23 times and LC outscored the Cowboys 25-14 in points off turnovers in the game.
The two teams played a tightly-contested first half and Jaylen Rhone's 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer gave the Wildcats a 42-37 lead. LC pushed the lead out to 60-49 with 13:40 to play before the Cowboys started the comeback.
Kyle Brennon scored seven straight points to give the Cowboys their first lead of the half at 70-69 with 8:03 to play. Neither team led by more than five points the rest of the way. Brennon hit a shot with :49 to play to cut the LC lead to 85-84. HSU forced a miss by the Wildcats but couldn't secure the rebound and had to foul.
LC made a pair of free throws by Denzel Austin and Chris Henderson's late 3-point attempt rimmed out and Anthony Hunter was fouled on the rebound. He split a pair of free throws and the Wildcats split a pair of free throws as well to set up the final score.
Kyle Brennon led six Cowboys in double figures with 18 points. Freshman Anthony Hunter had a career-best 12 points off the bench and Neal Chambliss, Trey Wooldridge and Keenan Holdman each had 11 points and Steven Quinn had 10 points before going down with an injury. Freshman Aidan Walsh had a career-best nine points in his first career start. He was playing for injured point guard Chris Barrett.
Kae'ron Baker led the Wildcats with 21 points. KJ Bilbo had 18 points and K.D. Wallace chipped in 16.
The Cowboys have dropped three straight games and are now 4-5 on the year. LC improved to 4-2 on the season. HSU will play at East Texas Baptist in a non-conference game at 3 p.m. in Marshall, Texas.
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