Huston-Tillotson prevails in 3-point shootout with Eagles at Patterson Student Center

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Connor Ouellette gets a breather after playing more than 38 minutes in Saturday's RRAC loss to Huston-Tillotson.

 

Huston-Tillotson (Austin, Texas) remains in the Red River Athletic Conference race for the title after Saturday’s road win over Texas A&M University-Texarkana, 83-81.

Fort Worth sophomore Jeremy Soloman swished a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left at the Patterson Student Center to end the Eagles’ two-game winning streak in conference play. The Rams improve to 6-2 in the RRAC, while TAMU-T slips to 7-12 overall and 2-5 in conference.

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TAMU-T coach Ryan Wall plans strategy in final seconds of Saturday’s game with Huston-Tillotson.

Huston-Tillotson senior sinks nine 3-pointers

Led by senior guard Aloysius James, Huston-Tillotson put on a shooting exhibition with 17 treys, including nine by James.

The Eagles were able to match their visitors in the first half with eight 3-pointers of their own. Sophomore Connor Ouellette poured in 16 of his team-high 26 points to give TAMU-T a 43-40 lead at intermission.

“James can shoot the ball, their team shoots the ball well,” said TAMU-T coach Ryan Wall. “We talked about that before the game. We just didn’t do a good job of contesting their shooters. Didn’t change anything at halftime because we were leading.

“It ultimately came down to rebounding, not getting crucial stops, and bad turnovers. We did a decent job of staying with it. They did a good job defensively in the second half with 1-3-1 and 1-2-2 matchup zones. They went to a man-to-man at the end.”

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Eagles’ Desmond Kennedy scored 12 of his 15 points in second half against Huston-Tillotson.

Kyle Wright shines for Eagles

TAMU-T scored the game’s first five points, and led by as many as nine during the first 20 minutes. As previously mentioned, Ouellette was hot, but the Eagles also got an almost perfect performance from starting guard Kyle Wright. The smallest player (5-8) on Texarkana’s roster, Wright didn’t miss a shot, scoring 12 points with two treys. He had two assists, three steals and no turnovers in 17:34 minutes.

Leading scorer Desmond Kennedy finished strong with 12 of his 15 points in the second half. In a rare start at point guard, Kennedy led the Eagles with seven assists.

James was 12 points over his season average for the Rams with a game-high 30 points. Davon Parmer added 20 points, with four treys.

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Rams only used six players in game

Huston-Tillotson coach Thomas Henderson only played six players in the game. All five starters were on the court more than 32 minutes.

The Eagles are still in position to climb back into the postseason picture next week with road games at Jarvis Christian and Texas College.

“We’ll see; if we can guard, rebound, and get to the rim,” said Wall. “Not having our point guard (Kaland Johnson) didn’t help today. Kennedy had to play point, and that’s not is natural position.”